9 a.m. | Health Connector Board meets for the first time since early March to give an update on MassHealth redeterminations and enrollment transitions to the Health Connector and discuss proposed amendments to minimum creditable coverage
2:30 p.m. | Boston Mayor Michelle Wu participates in the annual Disability Community Forum hosted by the Disability Commission Advisory Board. | Suffolk University Law School, 120 Tremont Street, Downtown
2:30 p.m. | Coalition for Safe Drinking Water holds informational briefing for lawmakers and staff on a bill dealing with drinking water quality standards for private wells (S 482 / H 902). | Room 222
4 p.m. | Boston Mayor Michelle Wu attends the unveiling of the new STEM Lab at BCYF Shelburne. | Shelburne Community Center, 2730 Washington Street, Roxbury
6:30 p.m. | Gov. Maura Healey speaks at the Economic Mobility Pathways (EMPath) EMPower Celebration. | Boston Children's Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston
In-state college could be getting cheaper for the roughly 1,000 undocumented students who graduate from Massachusetts high schools every year.
Senate leaders want to extend in-state tuition rates to undocumented immigrants living and attending high school in Massachusetts, slashing
It’s part of a larger push to slash tuition costs across the board at the state’s 15 community colleges, with an ultimate goal of making attendance free for residents.
In the meantime, it could save undocumented students tens of thousands of dollars. UMass Amherst, for example, costs $35,765 a year for in-state students versus $57,701 for out-of-state students. UMass Boston charges $14,905 for in-state tuition and $36,581 for out-of-state students.
Undocumented immigrants could qualify for in-state tuition if they attended high school in Massachusetts for a minimum of three years and graduated or earned a GED. They must also provide a valid Social Security number or taxpayer identification number, an affidavit indicating they applied for citizenship or legal permanent residence or plan to do so once eligible, and proof they registered for selective service, if applicable.
According to the National Immigration Law Center, 23 states allow local high school graduates to pay in-state tuition, regardless of immigration status.
But does a push for in-state tuition for undocumented students stand a chance?
Gov. Maura Healey is on board — with a spokeswoman saying she’s “supportive” of efforts to provide in-state tuition to students who are living and attending high school in Massachusetts.
But Speaker of the House Ronald Mariano is playing coy. An aide said the House will “review” the proposal. The Quincy Democrat voted against the reform 17 years ago when the Legislature shot down a similar proposal.
Plus, the Legislature has a history of passing on major policy changes vetted in only one chamber in budget proposals.
But Mariano led a push last year to extend driving privileges to undocumented residents.
Roughly 11,632 undocumented students currently attend Massachusetts colleges, estimates the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration partnered with New American Economy.
Opponents of efforts to expand privileges to undocumented residents argue such laws could encourage more illegal immigration.
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