In-State Tuition for Undocumented Students: A Policy Analysis

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Amy Nunez
Gretchen Holthaus


Approximately 65,000 undocumented students graduate from high school in the U.S. each year (Gonzales, 2008; Perez, 2015). These students often face a multitude of challenges in pursuing higher education, especially with regard to financing it (Abrego, 2006; Buenavista & Chen, 2013; Perez et al., 2010; Contreras, 2009). Scholars have determined that one policy which positively impacts undocumented students’ access to higher education is offering in-state tuition, as opposed to charging higher fees (Bozick & Miller, 2014; Potochnik, 2014; Flores, 2010; Darolia & Potochnick, 2015; Kaushnik, 2008). This policy analysis explores the social and economic impacts of increasing access to higher education among undocumented populations through in-state tuition policies.


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Nunez, A., & Holthaus, G. (2017). In-State Tuition for Undocumented Students: A Policy Analysis. Journal of the Student Personnel Association at Indiana University, 47–63. Retrieved from