IMMIGRATION

City University of New York refunds thousands in tuition to immigrant students who overpaid

City University of New York is returning thousands of dollars to about 150 immigrant students who live illegally in the U.S. and overpaid for their tuition.

A student group called CUNY Dreamers told school officials late last year that many immigrant students from New York paid higher, out-of-state tuition even though they were eligible for in-state rates, a difference of about $4,000 per semester.

A CUNY spokesman said administrators conducted a review of enrollments on CUNY's 24 campuses and began the process of returning excess payments.

New York is among 19 states that allow in-state tuition for immigrant students. Its law requires immigrant students to have attended a New York state high school or received their GED in the state.