COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio's higher education chief says illegal immigrants with temporary legal status will soon be able to pay in-state tuition rates at the state's public colleges as long as they meet other residency requirements. Most of the state's two- and four-year public colleges have previously charged students who are undocumented immigrants tuition rates much higher than what other Ohio students pay.
The Columbus Dispatch reports that John Carey, chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents, sent a letter Wednesday to the state's college presidents notifying them of the changes. The paper says the letter followed a determination by Attorney General Mike DeWine that illegal immigrant students now may qualify for in-state tuition. Immigration advocates asking Carey for the change cited the 2012 federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.