SALEM — Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber will sign a bill today allowing young illegal immigrants to pay resident tuition at the state’s seven public universities.
The measure passed the Legislature last month after failing twice in the past decade.
Starting next school year, illegal immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children and graduated from an Oregon high school would pay the subsidized college tuition charged to Oregon residents. That’s a savings of about $20,000 a year.
Proponents say young people houldn’t be priced out of college because their parents entered the U.S. illegally. Critics say taxpayers shouldn’t have to subsidize a college education for people who violated the nation’s immigration laws.
At least 14 other states have similar laws. Colorado’s Legislature approved a tuition bill, and Gov. John Hickenlooper has said he’ll sign it.