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UW-Madison student government seeks in-state tuition rates for undocumented students

Bascom Hall at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Photo by Flickr user Phil Roeder

Associated Students of Madison (ASM), the official student government of the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison), recently passed legislation to guarantee in-state tuition for undocumented students from the University. ‘school.

Currently, undocumented students are subject to out-of-state tuition and additional fees for international students that significantly increase the cost of attending UW-Madison. In fact, international students in college pay an average of about $28,000 more per year than those paying in-state tuition.

“It is imperative that we establish policy to alleviate these financial barriers and make higher education more accessible to undocumented residents of the State of Wisconsin,” the resolution reads.

The ASM legislation urges the UW Board of Trustees, as well as administrators and student governments throughout the university system, to establish policies that promote fair tuition for undocumented students. The student government pointed out that other UW campuses in Milwaukee and Whitewater have already created programs, guides and resources to help undocumented students pay their tuition.

ASM also called on UW officials to support the reinstatement of a bill that would guarantee in-state tuition eligibility for all undocumented students graduating from a Wisconsin high school.

Ensuring tuition fairness is crucial because undocumented students are already financially disadvantaged as they are not eligible for most financial aid, Erika Rosales, director of the Center of DREAMers at UW-Madison, told the Journal of university, The Badger Herald.

“[Tuition equity] is not a discount, a loan or a grant that we ask for, but the same price as everyone else,” she said.