Tuition, in-state; students granted Temporary Protected Status, etc. (SB722)

Introduced By

Sen. Dick Black (R-Leesburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


In-state tuition; students granted Temporary Protected Status, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and Deferred Action for Parental Accountability. Declares that absent congressional intent to the contrary, any person granted Temporary Protected Status, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or Deferred Action for Parental Accountability 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


12/09/2014Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15100381D
12/09/2014Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/15/2015Reported from Education and Health with amendments (8-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
01/16/2015Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/19/2015Read second time
01/19/2015Reading of amendments waived
01/19/2015Committee amendments agreed to
01/19/2015Engrossed by Senate as amended SB722E
01/19/2015Printed as engrossed 15100381D-E
01/20/2015Read third time and defeated by Senate (19-Y 20-N) (see vote tally)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 48 minutes.


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.