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Rogers’ bill to lift tuition restrictions for undocumented college students
Start Date: 2/26/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 2/26/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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INDIANAPOLIS— The Senate passed an initiative on Tuesday authored by State Senator Earline Rogers (D-Gary) restoring in-state college tuition rates for children of undocumented immigrants enrolled at in-state tuition levels prior to 2011.

“This bill aims to provide opportunities for students who, as a result of a previous law, had to put their education on hold,” Sen. Rogers said. “By restoring their in-state tuition eligibility, this bill will finally allow these students to complete their studies.”

Senate Bill (SB) 207 seeks to make amends for a 2011 law that removed about 200 college students and Indiana residents from in-state tuition eligibility. The law required students to show proof of citizenship in order to receive resident tuition rates. As a result, students who came to Indiana as children but lacked documentation saw their tuition rates more than triple from the time they enrolled, and many were forced to withdraw.

Supported by the state’s seven public universities, SB 207 allows students who were enrolled on or before July 1, 2011 to pay in-state tuition.

SB 207 passed out of the Senate Committee on Education and Career Development by a vote of 8-4 and the full Senate, 35-15, before moving to the House for further consideration.

Sen. Rogers represents Indiana Senate District 3 which encompasses portions of Lake County. District 3 communities include Gary, Lake Station, New Chicago, Hobart, Ainsworth, Merrillville and Crown Point.

For more information on Sen. Rogers, her legislative agenda or other State Senate business call 1-800-382-9467 or visit www.IN.gov/s3.

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NOTE: A photo of Sen. Earline Rogers can be downloaded at http://www.in.gov/legislative/senate_democrats/images/headshots/Rogers.jpg

Contact Information:
Name: Elise Shrock-Mannies
Phone: 317-232-9496
Email: emannies@iga.in.gov
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