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Tuition Equity

On Tuesday, April 2nd, Governor John Kitzhaber signed into law a bill that grants in-state tuition to undocumented Oregon high school graduates who meet certain criteria.


HB 2787 would allow certain undocumented graduates of Oregon high schools to pay in-state tuition at Oregon universities.  In order to qualify, students must have studied in the United States for five years and attended an Oregon high school for at least three years.  These students must also show intention to apply for citizenship to the United States.  The bill passed the Oregon House of Representatives with a vote of 38 – 18.  


On Tuesday, March 19, the Oregon Senate Committee on Education and Work Force Development held a public hearing and work session on HB 2787.  The bill was passed out of committee and a vote was held in the Oregon Senate on Thursday, March 21.  The bill passed the Oregon Senate with a vote of 19 – 11.  The Senate had previously passed similar legislation in 2003 and 2011.  The bill now moves to the Governor’s desk to be signed into law.