Tuition, in-state; student eligibility, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. (HB59)

Introduced By

Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church) with support from co-patron Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


In-state tuition; Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Declares a student eligible for in-state tuition if (i) he has attended a public or private high school in the Commonwealth for at least three years; (ii) he has graduated from a public or private high school in the Commonwealth or has received a General Education Development (GED) certificate in the Commonwealth; (iii) he has registered as an entering student or is enrolled in a public institution of higher education in the Commonwealth; (iv) he has provided an I-797 Approval Notice stating that he has been approved for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security; and (v) he has submitted evidence that he or, in the case of a dependent student, at least one parent, guardian, or person standing in loco parentis has 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


12/05/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14100329D
12/05/2013Referred to Committee on Education
01/17/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB59)
01/23/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB59)
01/24/2014Assigned Education sub: Higher Education
01/28/2014Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/12/2014Left in Education


ACLU-VA Immigrants Rights, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

The ACLU of Virginia supports legislation that would make DACA students who meet certain requirements (including graduation from Virginia schools, residency and tax payment) eligible to apply for in-state tuition at Virginia’s public colleges. Tuition equity would provide our economy with an increased tax base and our businesses with more well-trained workers. It’s fundamentally fair and economically just.