H.B. 191, "Nonresident Tuition Waiver Amendments"
- There is no need to change existing law, which has been in place since 2002, and works well to provide students who have attended and graduated from high school in our state the opportunity to attend university at a reduced rate. Erecting additional barriers to obtaining instate tuition means that many students may no longer be able to attend college at all.
- Denying these students access to affordable college education is short-sighted because they are likely to remain in the United States and may well regularize their immigration status under current or future federal laws.
- Providing in-state tuition to Utah high school graduates at public colleges and universities promotes economic growth and increases opportunities. College graduates who are likely to remain in Utah earn higher wages, and therefore generate significantly more in income, sales, and property taxes. Their increased earning power and disposable income stimulate growth in our state's economy. A better educated population also increases competitiveness in the global economy.
- Denying higher education access to undocumented students means failing to capitalize on Utah's investment in their K-12 education. Many of the undocumented students already educated in the K-12 public school system come from impoverished backgrounds and would not otherwise be able to attend college or university without in-state tuition. Utah State Senators
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