GRANT N​.​C DACA STUDENTS IN STATE TUITION

GRANT N​.​C DACA STUDENTS IN STATE TUITION

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North Carolina must seek to allow eligible DACA students an opportunity at in-state tuition. As of 2020, DACA recipients are not eligible for in state tuition and must pay out-of-state. 

For those who are unaware, DACA stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. DACA recipients are young adults who were brought to the United States as very young children. Between ages 1-8 typically.

These children, specifically the ones raised in North Carolina have spent their entire childhood, adolescence and now young adulthood growing up in this state. They have attended school here, and graduated from high school in North Carolina as well. DACA grants these students an opportunity to work, obtain a valid SSN, and remain in the country legally for up to two years as it requires a renewal every two years. These students work legally and pay taxes like any other North Carolina resident. Most obtain drivers licenses or valid ID’s and have permanently resided in North Carolina.

Despite all of this, DACA students do not qualify for in-state tuition nor do they qualify for financial aid. They are forced to pay out of state tuition which can vary up to 5x more than in-state. For example, UNCG in-state tuition is roughly $7k per semester while out-of-state is 22k. NC DACA residents do not deserve this. Many DACA students have successfully graduated high school, planned out there future and want to finish their education in North Carolina, but now they are met with extreme financial distress. This keeps many prospering DACA students from being able to finish their education. 

The North Carolina House as well as governor Roy Cooper must do what they can in order to grant DACA students an opportunity at in state tuition. Over 20 states in the U.S grant in-state tuition to students regardless of citizenship. I have faith in North Carolina & It’s time North Carolina does the same. DACA students are no different than NC born residents, they perform the same duties and are on the same mission as any other NC student. They just want a fair chance a an education, and that can only be achieved if they are granted In-state tuition. 

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