SENATE, No. 78

 

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

 

211th LEGISLATURE

 

PRE-FILED FOR INTRODUCTION IN THE 2004 SESSION

 

 

Sponsored by:

Senator RONALD L. RICE

District 28 (Essex)

 

Co-Sponsored by:

Senators Bucco and Lesniak

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

    Allows certain undocumented aliens to qualify for in-state tuition rates at public institutions of higher education.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

    Introduced Pending Technical Review by Legislative Counsel.

 

(Sponsorship Updated As Of: 12/6/2005)


An Act concerning tuition rates for certain students at public institutions of higher education and supplementing chapter 62 of Title 18A of the New Jersey Statutes.

 

    Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

    1. a. Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, a student, other than a nonimmigrant alien within the meaning of section 101 (a)(15) of the "Immigration and Nationality Act," (8 U.S.C. s.1101(a)(15)), shall be exempt from paying nonresident tuition at a public institution of higher education if the student:

    (1) attended high school in this State for three or more years;

    (2) graduated from a high school in this State or received the equivalent of a high school diploma in this State;

    (3) registers as an entering student or is currently enrolled in a public institution of higher education not earlier than the fall semester of the 2002-03 academic year; and

    (4) in the case of a person without lawful immigration status, files an affidavit with the institution of higher education stating that the student has filed an application to legalize his immigration status or will file an application as soon as he is eligible to do so.

    b. Student information obtained in the implementation of this section shall be confidential.

 

    2. The Commission on Higher Education shall adopt in accordance with the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.), rules and regulations as may be necessary to implement the provisions of this act.

 

    3. This act shall take effect immediately.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

    This bill allows a student who is also an undocumented alien to pay in-state tuition at the State's public institutions of higher education if he meets the following criteria: attended a high school in this State for three years or more; graduated from a high school in this State or attained the equivalent of a high school diploma in the State; registers as an entering student or is currently enrolled in a public institution of higher education not earlier than the fall semester of the 2002-03 academic year; and files an affidavit with the institution of higher education stating that the student has filed an application to legalize his immigration status or will file an application as soon as he is eligible to do so.