Oregon Senate bill to make it easier for Dreamers to qualify for in-state tuition
EUGENE, Ore. - The state of Oregon is taking steps to make higher education more accessible to undocumented students.
Jesus and Stefania have a lot in common; they are both dreamers and residents in Oregon. They have just one difference; the amount they pay for their education.
Stefania and Jesus have similar dreams and aspirations, and they want to continue their education in hopes of one day graduating from the University of Oregon.
They are both Dreamers as well, brought to this country illegally when they were young children.
Jesus, who will be transferring from Lane Community College in the Fall, qualifies for the University's Tuition Equity Policy where he will be eligible to play the in-state tuition rate. On the other hand, Stefania does not qualify, so she will have to pay out-of-state tuition.
"Everything comes out of pocket, since I don't qualify for tuition equity either my billing comes out to about $12,000 per term," said Stefania.
Under Senate Bill 15-63, Oregon will no longer require undocumented students to show federal identification to be eligible to pay non-resident tuition.
While this bill might not give Stefania a tuition reduction, like her peers, she will continue to fight so that everyone in the state has access to a higher education.
State law makers are scheduled to vote on the bill on Tuesday in Salem.