Immigrant Students Allowed In-State Tuition in Georgia

As of this year, Georgia residents who are not U.S citizens but are protected from deportation are able to take advantage of in-state tuition rates. This has made college tuition much more affordable for latino immigrant students.

In the past, undocumented students residing in Georgia were allowed to apply to local universities but were denied in-state tuition rates, even though they lived here. In fact, undocumented students were classified as out of state students and were required to pay out of state tuition rates. Georgia’s out-of-state rates are about three times more expensive that the instate rates.

The Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA was a huge factor in the ruling by Fulton Superior Court Chief Judge Gail Tusan. DACA grants work permits and temporary deportation deferrals to immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as minors without their consent or authorization.

While the law still maintains that noncitizens cannot pay the in-state rates unless they are “legally in this state,” Judge Tusan ruled that DACA recipients are lawfully present in the U.S. and should be able to take advantage of the instate tuition rates.