Governor Patrick last week directed the state higher education commissioner to allow resident tuition for a limited number of undocumented immigrants in Massachusetts. Until now, these undocumented immigrants have been paying higher, out-of-state rates.
Undocumented immigrants would have had to obtain a work permit through a new federal program and be a valid Massachusetts resident. Undocumented immigrants. under the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), have to arrive in the United States before the age of 16 and have a clean record, as well as other requirements.
The Roman Catholic Bishops in Massachusetts have previously supported legislation that would grant in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants and applaud the new policy. In an August 2011 letter to the Governor, the Massachusetts Catholic Conference urged passage of such legislation which would "embrace and model justice for all." More work on in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants by the MCC can be found here.
To view a fact sheet from the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education on In-State Tuition for DACA Beneficiaries, click here.