Qualifications for residential tuition rates expanded

Thursday, May 8th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Oklahoma City-AP) -- A bill that would qualify children of illegal immigrants for resident tuition rates at state colleges and universities has passed the Oklahoma Senate.

The measure requires non-national students to have graduated from high school in Oklahoma. It will go to Governor Henry if it is approved by the House.

Supporters of the measure say the children of illegal immigrants shouldn't be penalized for the actions of their parents. They also say the bill would benefit Oklahoma by increasing the number of graduates from state colleges.

Opponents stressed the fact that the childrens' parents are in the country illegally.