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  • NJ A255
  • Removes exclusion of "nonimmigrant aliens" from qualifying for in-State tuition rates at public institutions of higher education under certain conditions.
In Committee
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2016-2017 Regular Session
The provisions of P.L.2013, c.170 (C.18A:62-4.4) permit a student, including a student without lawful immigration status, to pay in-State tuition at New Jersey's public institutions of higher education if the student meets certain requirements, including attending high school in the State for at least 3 years; graduating from a high school, or receiving the equivalent of a high school diploma, in the State; and, if the student lacks lawful immigration status, filing an affidavit stating that he has filed an application to legalize his immigration status or will file an application as soon as he is eligible to do so. The law's provisions do not apply to a student who meets the definition of a "nonimmigrant alien" within the meaning of section 101(a)(15) of the federal "Immigration and Nationality Act." In general terms, a "nonimmigrant alien" is a person who has a permanent residence abroad and is admitted to the United States on a temporary basis for a specific purpose, such as education, business, employment, or pleasure. The classifications of nonimmigrant aliens include students who maintain a residence in a foreign country and seek to enter the United States temporarily for the purpose of pursuing a course of study at an established college, university, or other academic institution. This bill would amend current law to remove the restriction that excludes nonimmigrant aliens from the provisions of P.L.2013, c.170. Under the bill, any student who meets the requirements outlined in P.L.2013, c.170 (C.18A:62-4.4), including a student who is a nonimmigrant alien, would be eligible for in-State tuition.
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Introduced, Referred to Assembly Higher Education Committee  (on 1/27/2016)
Date Chamber Action Description
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Higher Education Committee
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