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      Illegal immigrants will qualify for in-state tuition at EMU

      Eastern Michigan University will allow students living in the U.S. without legal permission to qualify for in-state tuition.

      Eastern Michigan University will allow students living in the U.S. without legal permission to qualify for in-state tuition.

      The new guidelines approved by the University's Board of Regents Tuesday will start with the 2014 fall semester. The plan offers a clear path to paying in-state tuition for undocumented students who have attended a Michigan high school for at least three years and graduated.

      With the new guidelines, EMU now offers four avenues for attaining in-state tuition: through residence in the state of Michigan; through attendance in Michigan high schools; through service in the U.S. military; and, adopted in June 2012, through the Come Home to Eastern ?? Come Home to Michigan tuition differential award, in which children of out-of-state alumni pay in-state rates.

      The revised guidelines also provide for in-state tuition for those who have served in the active military, provided they have been medically separated or honorably discharged.

      The EMU Board of Regents had approved the EMU Vet Connect Award and the University began applying it in October 2009. That program, which established a differential in-state tuition grant for American veterans wherever they reside, is now incorporated into Eastern??s in-state tuition policy.

      The annual in-state cost for an undergraduate resident student taking a standard full load of 30 credits at Eastern this academic year is $9,364. The annual cost for non-residents with 30 credits is $24,858.50

      Do you think students living in the U.S. illegally should qualify for in-state tuition?