Tuition, in-state; students granted Temporary Protected Status, etc. (HB1356)

Introduced By

Del. David Ramadan (R-South Riding) with support from co-patrons Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg), Del. James Edmunds (R-South Boston), Del. Brenda Pogge (R-Williamsburg), and Del. Tony Wilt (R-Harrisonburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


In-state tuition; students granted Temporary Protected Status and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Declares that absent congressional intent to the contrary, any person granted Temporary Protected Status or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services does not have the capacity to intend to remain in Virginia indefinitely and, therefore, is ineligible for Virginia domicile and for in-state tuition charges at public institutions of higher education in the Commonwealth. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/02/2014Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15100481D
12/02/2014Referred to Committee on Education
01/15/2015Impact statement from DPB (HB1356)
01/16/2015Assigned Education sub: Higher Education
02/10/2015Left in Education


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

The ACLU of Virginia opposes legislation that would undermine the ability of DACA students who meet other criteria generally applicable to all students to be eligible to apply for in-state status at Virginia’s public colleges and universities. This legislation singles out a single group of Virginians for discrimination. These students live here, attend Virginia high schools, and pay Virginia taxes; they are Virginians in every meaningful respect. This legislation undermines the basic American principles of fairness, equality, and opportunity. In addition, this legislation will harm the Commonwealth’s economy. The average college graduate pays approximately $2,100 more in Virginia state and local income taxes than someone with a high school degree. Because tuition equity increases the number of college graduates who are likely to remain in Virginia and earn higher wages, our Commonwealth would generate significantly more income, sales, and property taxes.