There are a small number of students who have lived in New Jersey for at least three years of high school, qualify to go to Rutgers or various county colleges, and yet cannot go because they must pay the much higher out-of-state rates of tuition and cannot afford to do so. Yes, these are children who came to the United States with parents who are not documented. They are the high achievers who have learned English, want to become citizens, have studied hard to graduate from high school and take the standardized tests, etc. They are not asking that anyone make it easier for them to be accepted. They are not asking for free tuition or any scholarships. They live in New Jersey and want to pay the same rate as others who live in New Jersey pay.
Please let your state legislators know that you support the S1036/A990 bill that would allow these motivated, hardworking, undocumented students to pay in-state tuition rates at public institutions of higher education. Presidents of our state universities support this, because it means their schools will get tuition income and motivated students!
Eleven states (New York, Texas, California, Illinois, Utah, Washington, Oklahoma, Kansas, New Mexico, Nebraska, and Wisconsin) have already enacted similar legislation because they recognize that punishing talented children who want to be productive citizens is just not smart. We hope New Jersey will join this list.