Feb 4, 2013
The Maryland Dream Act, the law Maryland voters passed in November to increase undocumented immigrants’ access to college, will have the opposite effect starting this week. That’s right, it will actually decrease access to college by raising tuition for a group of high schools students who also attend Montgomery College.
Among other restrictions, the law stipulates that undocumented immigrants must have graduated from a Maryland high school to qualify for in-state tuition. This means that Montgomery County high school students who have also been taking courses at Montgomery College will now need to prove their U.S. citizenship in order to pay the in-county tuition rate.
Montgomery College had been allowing undocumented students to pay in-county tuition. But now undocumented students will pay $1,172.40 instead of $445.20 for the same three credit course! Outrageous.
The real question here is: Why even have the status “undocumented?” If you live here, you should get the same rights and pay the same tuition as everybody else.