Md. Senate Considers In-State Tuition for Illegal Immigrants' Kids

By Brandon Benavides
|  Tuesday, Mar 8, 2011  |  Updated 2:46 PM EDT
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Md. Senate Considers In-State Tuition for Illegal Immigrants' Kids

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Maryland senators will debate a bill that would allow children of illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition rates at state colleges and universities.

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller said Monday night he's expecting a great deal of debate and a lot of proposed amendments to the legislation.

To qualify for in-state tuition under the current bill, the parents or guardian of the student would need to show they paid state income tax. The student would need to apply for permanent residency within 30 days after the student becomes eligible.

The measure would also require children of illegal immigrants to graduate from a community college or receive an associate's degree before they could get in-state tuition rates at Maryland colleges and universities.

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