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Ore. Backers See Hope For 'Tuition Equality' Bill

Backers of “tuition equality” legislation say they have a better chance in the upcoming legislative session to pass a bill that would allow Oregon high school students in the country illegally to pay in-state tuition at state universities.

The Bend Bulletin reports that such bills have failed in previous sessions. But Democrats are now in the majority of both houses of the Legislature, and Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber has been outspoken early on about his support.

Students who live in the United States illegally are considered out-of-state residents.

A 2011 bill would have allowed illegal immigrants attending high school in Oregon for at least three years to qualify for in-state tuition at state universities. It would have required that students intend to become citizens.

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