Nearly 5,000 denied in-state tuition, aid under new state law
Arizona Daily Star
Aug. 2, 2007
Tucson, Arizona | Published:
PHOENIX - Nearly 5,000
people have been denied in-state college tuition, financial aid and adult
education classes this year under a new Arizona law banning undocumented
immigrants from receiving those state-funded services, a new study shows.
The Joint Legislative
Budget Committee's report said that since Proposition 300 took effect on
Jan. 1, 1,500 students from Arizona State University and the University of
Arizona were denied financial aid or in-state financial status because they
couldn't prove their legal status and an additional 1,790 community-college
students statewide were blocked.
Out of 13,700 applications
for government-assisted child care, the state rejected 86 because the
individuals couldn't prove citizenship, according to the report.
It also said that 1,403 out
of 11,931 applicants for state adult education were rejected and of 220
individuals who applied for the Family Literacy Program, 30 were deemed
Proposition 300 was one of
four immigration-related ballot measures approved at the polls last November
by Arizona voters.
The measure requires
undocumented immigrants to pay the out-of-state tuition rate at the state's
public universities and colleges, prohibits students from receiving any type
of financial assistance that is funded with state money, and requires
schools to determine and report to the state Legislature twice a year how
many undocumented immigrants are attending their schools.
The measure's impact has
not been nearly as widespread as opponents expected, but supporters say it's
reducing the amount the state spends on illegal immigrants.
"It's definitely working,"
said state Treasurer Dean Martin, a Republican and former state senator who
championed the ballot initiative.
Some students are applying
for private scholarships that don't require Social Security numbers, proof
of legal residency or citizenship while some are trying to raise money from
local residents to help cover tuition costs. Others are cutting class loads
and taking more time to earn degrees.