- Several versions of a bill to allow undocumented students in Virginia to pay in-state tuition were rolled into a single bill, HB1525 by Del. Thomas Rust, R-Fairfax County, and passed Tuesday night by the General Assembly's House Subcommittee on Higher Education and Arts .
- Rust previously opposed granting in-state tuition to undocumented students because he worried about their ability to find jobs after graduation, but the Obama administration's "deferred action" announcement last year changed his mind.
- The bill had support from schools including Old Dominion University, Norfolk State University and Virginia Tech.
From the article:
Last year, Del. Alfonso Lopez, D-Arlington, tried to convince the General Assembly to allow undocumented students to pay in-state tuition. He argued it made business sense. He argued the cost was small. He argued it was fair. But the proposal failed. ...