A recent executive order from President Obama allows undocumented immigrants under 30—provided they first arrived in the U.S. as children—to apply for “deferred action” status. Obtaining such status enables an individual to stay—and work—legally in the U.S. for two years without threat of deportation (he or she may seek to renew the deferment after this time).
I recently wrote that obtaining “deferred action” status would seem to make a young person more likely to go to college. But does it make him or her more likely to afford it?
President Obama left it up to individual states to determine whether their “deferred” students would receive in-state (i.e., relatively affordable) or out-of-state (i.e., more expensive) tuition at their public colleges. While we don’t know for sure yet what every state will do, we can make some educated guesses.
States with laws that currently allow undocumented students to be eligible for in-state tuition (e.g., California, Texas) would seem to be safe bets to give the same benefit to “deferred” students.
Those with laws that actively prohibit undocumented students from getting in-state tuition (e.g., Arizona, Georgia) are iffier. While Arizona is currently considering what it will do, Georgia has said that it will not grant in-state tuition to “deferred action” students.
Regarding financial aid, NPR reports that the federal government won’t be offering aid to “deferred” students, and only a couple of states currently have plans to do so. The result of this is that “deferred” students seeking aid will largely rely on private scholarships and loans—which are less common and more expensive, respectively, than their public counterparts—to offset the cost of college.
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