Tuition, in-state; prohibited for those who are unlawfully present in U.S. (SB1204)

Introduced By

Sen. Emmett Hanger (R-Mount Solon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


In-state tuition rates; prohibited for certain individuals. Prohibits the board of visitors or other governing body of a public institution of higher education in the Commonwealth from authorizing in-state tuition rates for individuals who are not citizens or nationals of the United States, are unlawfully present in the United States, or do not possess a valid visa. The bill also provides that, notwithstanding the provisions regarding the governing bodies' mandates, any person shall be eligible for in-state tuition who: (i) has resided in Virginia while attending high school; (ii) has graduated from a public or private high school in Virginia; (iii) has resided in the Commonwealth for at least three years on the date of high school graduation; (iv) has registered in an institution of higher education; (v) has provided an affidavit stating that he has filed an application to become a permanent resident of the United States and is actively pursuing such permanent residency or will do so as soon as he is eligible; and (vi) has submitted evidence that he or, in the case of a dependent student, at least one parent, guardian, or person standing in loco parentis, filed, unless exempted by state law, Virginia income tax returns for at least three years prior to the date of enrollment. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/10/2007Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/07 079064732
01/10/2007Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/19/2007Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
01/22/2007Read second time
01/22/2007Reading of amendments waived
01/22/2007Committee amendments agreed to
01/22/2007Engrossed by Senate as amended SB1204E
01/22/2007Printed as engrossed 079064732-E
01/23/2007Read third time and passed Senate (32-Y 8-N)
01/23/2007Communicated to House
02/05/2007Placed on Calendar
02/05/2007Read first time
02/05/2007Referred to Committee on Education
02/14/2007Committee substitute printed 072388732-H1
02/15/2007Read second time
02/16/2007Read third time
02/16/2007Committee substitute agreed to 072388732-H1 (76-Y 21-N)
02/16/2007Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB1204H1
02/16/2007Passed House with substitute (81-Y 16-N)
02/20/2007House substitute rejected by Senate (5-Y 35-N)
02/20/2007VOTE: (5-Y 35-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2007House insisted on substitute
02/21/2007House requested conference committee
02/22/2007Senate acceded to request (40-Y 0-N)
02/22/2007VOTE: (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2007Conferees appointed by Senate
02/22/2007Senators: Hanger, Howell, Saslaw
02/22/2007Conferees appointed by House
02/22/2007Delegates: Reid, Lingamfelter, Alexander
02/24/2007No further action taken
02/24/2007Failed to pass in Senate