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Virginia Students Sue for In-State Tuition


The Legal Aid Justice Center filed a lawsuit in Arlington County Circuit Court on Tuesday, December 17, 2013, on behalf of seven immigrant students from Virginia, all of whom have been granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status by the federal government. Although these students grew up in Virginia and graduated from Virginia high schools, the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) has determined that they are categorically ineligible for in-state tuition rates at Virginia’s public colleges and universities. The students are asking the court to overrule SCHEV’s interpretation of the law, and recognize that DACA recipients should be eligible for much cheaper in-state tuition rates – just like other Virginia high school graduates.

Press Release (PDF)

Orellana et al. v. State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (Official Complaint)

Press Coverage:

Washington Post

WCAV CBS19 Charlottesville Newsplex (with video)

WVTF Public Radio (with audio)

WAMU 88.5 FM (with audio)

Falls Church Patch

Univision DC (with video)

Annandale Blog


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