Cooper Agrees With Schools On Immigrant Tuition

Attorney General Roy Cooper's office says state law would have to be changed before North Carolina's university and community college systems could offer in-state tuition to certain young immigrants brought to the U.S. without legal authorization.

Two staff attorneys in the Department of Justice wrote an advisory letter this week to a state House member seeking an opinion on in-state tuition for students who now qualify for work permits.

The lawyers say they agree with UNC and community college attorneys that North Carolina law doesn't allow for in-state rates for students in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Students can attend these campuses now if they graduated from a U.S. high school and pay out-of-state tuition.

A group advocating for these young people blasted Cooper for the opinion.

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