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Bill to make in-state tuition changes fails

March 24, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Legislation that would make students in the country illegally eligible for in-state tuition has failed this session.

The measure’s sponsor, Republican Sen. Todd Gardenhire of Chattanooga, withdrew it from the Senate Education Committee on Monday because he didn’t have the votes to pass it.

Under the proposal, a student would have to meet academic standards and attend Tennessee schools for at least five years before graduating from high school.

Currently, such students pay nearly three times as much for higher education — the out-of-state rate — even if they’ve lived in Tennessee for most of their lives.

The Senate later approved 20-9 a measure that would allow students of parents who are in the country illegally to be eligible for in-state tuition. The student must have been born in the United States and have a Tennessee high school diploma.

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