Because I have had personal experience with children who don’t look like me and who were never questioned about their immigration status when applying to Maryland colleges, I was convinced that throughout Maryland, illegal alien kids are getting instate tuition whether it’s legal or not.
Perhaps because of the lawsuit against Montgomery College, some (maybe all?) Maryland state and county colleges now ask extensive questions about ethnicity and whether a student is in the US legally.
On this past Monday night (during a debate with Del. Pat McDonough), PJ Hogan representing the University of Maryland stated flatly that all student applicants are asked about their immigration status and those in the country illegally pay out-of-state tuition rates. He said their immigration status was noted and then they were put in the out-of-state pile. (A University professor told FoxNews last May that that is not exactly accurate, here.)
Also this week, Del. Neil Parrott, asked officials at Hagerstown Community College (in a forum where HCC is looking for more state funding) how they handle illegal alien applications and here is how the college’s dean of student affairs responded (from the Hagerstown Herald Mail):
Del. Neil C. Parrott, R-Washington, asked how HCC handles student applications from illegal immigrants.
Donna E. Rudy, HCC’s dean of student affairs, said those students are admitted, but must pay out-of-state tuition.
Altieri estimated that “less than 15” of the current 5,200 credit students are illegal immigrants.
Parrott — who led a petition drive against a new state law granting in-state college tuition to illegal immigrants — recommended that HCC use the federal E-Verify system to check the immigration status of applicants.
Indeed, a look at the application form for Hagerstown Community College reveals that they do ask for extensive information about immigration status and ethnicity, here. Of course, I suspect that it is quite easy to simply check the ‘citizen’ box and keep one’s mouth shut because no one asks for citizenship papers (that no one asks for papers, I can assure you from personal experience).
Maryland readers should inquire of any state or county colleges in your neighborhood (and get them on record!) about how they determine instate versus out-of-state tuition rates for those students born in another country.
Endnote: There will be another debate between Del. Pat McDonough and PJ Hogan at the University of Maryland on December 5th, at noon. When we have more details we will post another notice.