Students File Class-Action Lawsuit for Unfair Tuition
December 15th, 2005
A group of 42
students and parents filed a class-action lawsuit against
California’s public university and community college organization
because they are illegally charging more for out-of-state students
than illegal immigrants.
was filed in Yolo County Superior Court this past Wednesday. They
are challenging California legislation made in 2001 which made
provisions for illegal immigrants to pay the California resident
fees instead of out-of state fees.
states in the United States allow illegal immigrants to pay in-state
fees. If you are a legal residence of the state you pay for
in-state tuition fees, which are considerably less than an out-of-state student. Out-of-state cost for the University of California
is $24,500 per school year; compare this to an in-state student who
pays around $6,700 per year. In order for California to allow for
the lower in-state cost, the student would have to attend and
graduate from a California high school for 3 years.
The debate is
university and community college system violates US
federal law which says that if a state university offers illegal
immigrants in-state tuition fees, they must also offer the same rate
for out-of-state students. California as well as the other 8 states
have put into effect legislations to evade the federal law.
fight is about lowering costs for the out-of-state students, and
challenging the law of federal law versus the state law, which are
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