Introduced Version





SENATE RESOLUTION No. 9




DIGEST OF INTRODUCED RESOLUTION



    A SENATE RESOLUTION urging the legislative council to establish a study committee to study the changes to Indiana law requiring undocumented students to pay out-of-state tuition rates to attend Indiana's seven public institutions of higher education.



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    January 10, 2012, read first time and referred to Committee on Education and Career Development








Introduced

Second Regular Session 117th General Assembly (2012)


SENATE RESOLUTION No. 9



MADAM PRESIDENT:

    I offer the following resolution and move its adoption:

    A SENATE RESOLUTION urging the legislative council to establish a study committee to study the changes to Indiana law requiring undocumented students to pay out-of-state tuition rates to attend Indiana's seven public institutions of higher education.

    Whereas, Children of immigrants are the fastest growing segment of the child population in the United States;

    Whereas, Recent changes to Indiana law requiring undocumented students to pay out-of-state tuition rates to attend state universities could potentially triple the cost of higher education for these students;

    Whereas, Many of these children are enrolled in our schools and have been contributing to our communities and our state for many years;

    Whereas, These students' parents, who may have brought them to Indiana as young children and have been Indiana taxpayers for many years, will be unable to afford out-of-state tuition rates and will not be eligible for tuition assistance;

    Whereas, Many of these undocumented children are unaware of their legal status once they become 18 years of age;

    Whereas, It creates a bigger problem for our

communities when our young people are not educated;

    Whereas, Since Indiana is required by law to provide a kindergarten through 12th grade education for these children, allowing them to continue their education and obtain an affordable college education will enable them to become successful members of Indiana society; and

    Whereas, These students have grown up in our country and are ready to give back, and making a college education unaffordable will make it nearly impossible for them to do so: Therefore,

Be it resolved by the Senate of the

General Assembly of the State of Indiana:


    SECTION 1. That the legislative council is urged to establish an interim study committee to study the changes to Indiana law requiring that undocumented students to pay out-of-state tuition rates to attend state universities.
    SECTION 2. That the committee, if established, should study ways to allow these students to obtain an affordable college education, including allowing a state educational institution to charge resident tuition to an individual who can prove that the individual was a resident of Indiana for at least three consecutive years immediately before seeking admission to the state institution of higher education and that the individual graduated from a high school located in Indiana.
    SECTION 3. That the committee, if established, shall operate under the direction of the legislative council, and that the committee shall issue a final report when directed to do so by the council.