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College elusive for some immigrants under new law

KOKOMO – Many students whose parents entered the United States illegally are finding higher education harder to afford under an Indiana law that requires those without proof of citizenship to pay out-of-state tuition rates.

A law that took effect July 1, 2011, left non-citizens enrolled in college with few options. They could either pay out-of state tuition or drop out and wait for immigration reform to pass or apply for a work permit under a federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy.

The Kokomo Tribune reports a bill passed this year will help about 300 students who were enrolled on or before July 1, 2011, pay in-state tuition rates.

Sen. Jean Leising sponsored the bill and says she thought it was fair to grandfather in those students already enrolled.