Although people nationally and in Florida showed mixed opinions about whether undocumented college-age students in America should have the benefit of in-state college tuition in the state where they live, a number of states have enacted such policies—through one means or another.
Florida, for instance, passed state legislation in 2014 allowing some provisions for in-state tuition rates for undocumented students.
The National Conference of State Legislatures (www.ncsl.org) reported in late October 2015 that 15 other states have passed legislation for the same purpose. Those states are: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Texas, Utah, and Washington.
The conference further reports that Oklahoma and Rhode Island extend in-state tuition rates to undocumented students through decisions by their boards of regents.
In all, 18 states have some provisions for in-state tuition for undocumented students. Of those, six states allow undocumented students to receive state financial aid, according to the conference.
The conference further reported that Arizona, Georgia, and Indiana specifically prohibit in-state tuition rates for undocumented students. And Alabama and South Carolina do not allow undocumented students to enroll at state colleges or universities.