Tuition, in-state; and educational benefits for unlawfully present aliens. (HB1282)

Introduced By

Del. Ben Cline (R-Amherst)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


In-state tuition and educational benefits for unlawfully present aliens.  Provides that an alien who is unlawfully present in the United States shall not be eligible on the basis of residency within Virginia for any postsecondary educational benefit including, but not limited to, in-state tuition and state financial aid. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/20/2012Presented and ordered printed 12102546D
01/20/2012Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/24/2012Assigned Courts sub: #3 Immigration
02/14/2012Left in Courts of Justice


VACOLAO, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

VACOLAO strongly opposes this bill that denies even undocumented students who are long standing Virginia residents, graduates of Virginia high schools and tax payers the opportunity to seek to qualify for in-state tuition under Virginia's current law which imposes exacting domicile and other requirements.

Allesia Hamilton writes:

Why should we have to foot the bill for people who should't be here anyway and have violated Federal law when our kids must pay out of state tuition if they have not lived in the state for a certain length of time, even though they are law abiding U.S. citizens?