UNC Considers Charging Illegal Immigrants In-State Tuition

By: Tom Skinner
By: Tom Skinner

The University of North Carolina system is considering whether to offer undocumented immigrants in-state tuition at its 16 university campuses.

In-state tuition ranges from $1,500 to $3,700 while out-of-state students pay between $10,000 and $20,000.

System President Erskine Bowles said illegal immigrants already are in the state, and he said creating another permanent underclass isn't the right thing to do. The policy's costs and benefits are being studied by a 28-member commission of business, community and academic leaders.

Last week, a controversy erupted over a new policy that mandates all state community colleges admit students regardless of their immigration status. Policy opponents include all five candidates for North Carolina governor.

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  • by John Location: Greenville on Dec 7, 2007 at 10:11 AM
    One thing seems to be left out of this debate and that is WHO gets LEFT OUT. The North Carolina Community Colleges are very crowded now and for each illegal student that occupies a classroom seat, one US Citizen student is denied a seat. Classes fill up quickly at the Community Colleges. To deny a US Citizen student a seat in a class because an illegal student is sitting there is unacceptable for the tax payers of North Carolina and an injustice to the people of North Carolina. North Carolina citizens come first, this is a no brainer.
  • by Kim Location: Colerain on Dec 7, 2007 at 09:58 AM
    Does Erskine Bowles understand that stupidity such as this is what has kept him out the elected offices that he has run for before? Let them go to college, if they can speak and read english. They should, however, have to pay out of state tuition. Don't deny local citizens a chance to go to college cheaper just so illegals can go using in state prices.
  • by Leslie Location: Rocky Mount on Dec 7, 2007 at 08:23 AM
    I can't believe this. Residents of this country, can't afford to go to college, and they're wanting to find a way to help people who are here illegally go to college. I do believe in education, but if they want to go to college in a country where they are here as illegal immigrants, then they should pay out of state tuition, I don't care if they have lived in NC for years. They are still here illegally. And, they should not be able to get any financially assistance.
  • by Bridget Location: NC on Dec 7, 2007 at 07:48 AM
    You have got to be kidding me...hello they are illegal!! And they are going to be allowed to come in for in-state prices...that is crazy. They should not be allowed to enter our college programs. Send them back to their own country to be schooled. Illegal immigrants are getting more and more for free, and it is crazy that the hard wrking American citizen gets nothing. I have to pay so much for my kids to go to college, and then Jose can go to. BULL ****
  • by Andy Location: Kinston on Dec 7, 2007 at 06:36 AM
    Un-freakin-believable!! Why don't we pay their morgage, too. What in the sam #$#$ is wrong with our leaders? Yes, I understand the delima they are facing. On one hand, you want them to come in legally, but it would prove a difficult task to round them up now. Therefore, we must educate them so that they are able to assist with community development. However, allowing someone to enter our house illegally and then permitting them to attend college while only paying in-state tuition is ridiculous. I served four years in the USMC and then moved home to PA. After a few years, I enrolled at ECU and paid out of state tuition for two years. My state senator had to assist me in getting in-state tuition!

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