Bill Regarding Undocumented Students’ Tuition To Reach Tennessee Senate

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A bill, proposing that undocumented students be able to receive instate tuition, will go before the Tennessee Senate Wednesday. Under this bill, a student at a board of regents or University of Tennessee institution of higher education will not be charged out-of-state tuition if the student meets the following criteria — (1) Is a Tennessee resident but does not meet the board of regents requirements to be domiciled in Tennessee due to the student’s status as an undocumented alien; (2) Has attended school in this state for five years prior to graduation from high school; and (3) Achieves a final overall weighted high school GPA of at least 3.0 or attains a composite ACT score of 21 on any single ACT test date or a combined SAT score of at least 980 on any single SAT test date. For such a student to maintain the in-state tuition rate, the student must meet the academic continuation requirements that are applicable for the HOPE scholarship. This bill will apply to the 2014-2015 academic year and all years thereafter.

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