Arizona regents to take up lower tuition for some immigrant youths

Immigrant youths who have temporary legal status under a federal program say they deserve to pay in-state tuition rates at Arizona universities.

The Arizona Board of Regents will consider a proposal to lower tuition for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals participants to 150 percent of in-state tuition. They currently pay out-of-state tuition, nearly three times as much. In-state tuition and fees cost over $10,000 annually.

But students in Tucson and Phoenix say that doesn't go far enough and that many still wouldn't be able to afford the approximate $15,000 annually in tuition and fees if the proposal is approved. Regents will review the proposal at a meeting next week.

Arizona voters in 2006 approved a measure banning students who lack legal status from paying in-state tuition and from any state financial aid.