Pima Community College cuts tuition for those in immigration program

TUCSON - Pima Community College is reducing tuition for Pima County residents enrolled in a new federal program for illegal immigrants brought to the United States at a young age.

The college board's 4-1 vote Wednesday night provides resident tuition rates to students in the program, with the change expected to start next fall.

Without the change, those students would continue paying higher non-resident tuition rates.

The Arizona Daily Star reports the change reduces the cost for a full-time college education from over $9,000 a year to about $2,000 annually.

The Maricopa County Community College District previously approved a similar tuition approach. However, the three state universities interpret state law differently and are not doing so.

The immigration program provides those enrolled with work permits and deferments from deportation.

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