NC Community Colleges Reviewing Immigrant Policy

North Carolina community colleges leaders will consider reversing a ban keeping illegal immigrants out of the statewide system of two-year colleges.

A committee of the state Board of Community Colleges holds a special session on Wednesday to weigh the pros and cons of admitting undocumented students. A decision could come on Friday on keeping them out of the state's 58 community colleges as they have
been for the past year.

The country's third-largest community college system has changed its illegal immigrant admission policy four times since 2000. The new look comes as laid-off workers are jamming classrooms.

A study commissioned by the system said taxpayers wouldn't be affected if the students pay out-of-state rates of $7,000 a year.

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