State and institutional policies on in-state resident tuition and financial aid for undocumented students: Examining constraints and opportunities

Gabriel R. Serna, Joshua M. Cohen, David H. K. Nguyen


In this article, we examine policies related to in-state resident tuition and state financial aid policies aimed at undocumented students. To help frame the discussion and spark further debate and research in this area the article seeks to do three things. First, it provides a comprehensive review of state and institutional in-state tuition policies aimed at undocumented students as well as state college or university system responses. Second, it charts the policy landscape for state financial aid access for this population. Third, it examines the numerous implications that such policies engender and highlights the role of the federal government and the proposed Dream Act in mitigating some of these concerns. It closes by underscoring the important financial role played by the critical interaction of state, institutional, and federal policies in making college going a reality for these students while proposing avenues for future study around the issue.


undocumented immigrants, tuition, state financial aid, educational policy, state policy, educational equity

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