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The Latest: Arizona colleges to boost DACA students’ tuition

April 9, 2018

PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on a state Supreme Court ruling saying DACA recipients don’t qualify for in-state college tuition (all times local):

4:20 p.m.

Arizona’s three state universities and its largest community college district will immediately raise tuition for young immigrants granted deferred deportation status because of a new state Supreme Court ruling.

The high court ruled Monday that those granted the ability to work and stay in the U.S. under a program started by former President Barack Obama known as DACA don’t qualify for state benefits like in-state tuition.

The Maricopa County Community Colleges District says about 2,000 current students will see their tuition triple in the fall. State university students will see tuition boosted by about one-third. The colleges had been offering in-state tuition under a 2015 court ruling.

Attorney General Mark Brnovich brought the lawsuit and called it a victory for the rule of law.

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12:25 p.m.

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich says the state Supreme Court has ruled unanimously for the state in a case involving a community college district that backs lower in-state tuition for immigrant students.

Brnovich said on Twitter that the court’s full written opinion is expected by May 14, 2018.

The high court heard arguments last week in the case affecting recipients of the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA.

The hearing involved an effort by the Maricopa County Community Colleges District to overturn a 2017 state Court of Appeals ruling that found young immigrants in the program aren’t eligible for lower in-state tuition.

Many young people covered by the DACA program, known as Dreamers, have said they’ll have to drop out of school without the lower tuition.

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