Saturday
Feb082014

Tuition Equality Legislation

In 2014, two bills have been filed that would expand access to in-state tuition rates to students who meet certain requirements, regardless of immigration status. TIRRC strongly supports both of these bills.

Read our talking points here. 

 

SB1951/HB1992

This bill was introduced by Senator Gardenhire (R-Chattanooga) and Representative Floyd (R-Chattanooga). SB1951 would grant access to in-state tuition rates at all public colleges and universities in Tennessee to students who (1) spent at least five years in Tennessee schools and (2) meet the academic requirements for the HOPE scholarships. 

TIRRC believes that the eligibity requirements of time spent in Tennessee schools and academic requirements are too restrictive. However, we support this bill as a good first step in expanding tuition equality in Tennessee.

CURRENT STATUS: The bill was taken off notice in the House Education Subcommittee on Tuesday, March 25th and was moved to the General Subcommittee of the Senate Education Committee on Monday, March 24th. 

 

SB2067/HB2328 

This bill was introduced by Senator Tate (D-Memphis) and Representative Camper (D-Memphis). SB2067 would create a pilot project that would grant in-state tuition at the three public institutions of higher education in Shelby County to students who (1) spent at least two years in a Tennessee high school and (2) graduated from a Tennessee high school or received a GED. 

TIRRC  believes that all public institutions of higher education should grant in-state tuition to Tennessee graduates, regardless of immigration status. However, we support this bill as good first step in expanding tuition equality in Tennessee. 

CURRENT STATUS: This bill is on calendar for the House Education Subcommittee on Tuesday, March 25th and in the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday, March 26th.