SENATE, No. 2355

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

215th LEGISLATURE

 

INTRODUCED NOVEMBER 29, 2012

 


 

Sponsored by:

Senator  M. TERESA RUIZ

District 29 (Essex)

Senator  SANDRA B. CUNNINGHAM

District 31 (Hudson)

 

Co-Sponsored by:

Senators Lesniak and Stack

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

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

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     As introduced.

  


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 2013-2014 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 Secretary of 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 2013-2014 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.