SALEM, Ore. - Students in the country illegally can now pay in-state tuition rates at Oregon universities. Governor John Kitzhaber signed what’s known as the “tuition equity” bill into law Tuesday at a crowded ceremony in Salem.
The students must have studied in the U.S. for five years and attended an Oregon high school for at least three to qualify for the lower tuition rate.
One of the students who pressed for the measure was Edith Gomez. She said she wondered whether she could ever afford college because her parents came to the U.S. from Mexico illegally.