Appellate Court says Regents can charge higher tuition to immigrants

[private]The Georgia Court of Appeals has upheld the Board of Regents’ authority to require that undocumented students must pay the higher out-of-state tuition rates to attend the state’s public colleges.

The appeals court said the Board of Regents had “broad discretion” to set its rules for tuition.

The court’s decision is expected to be appealed to the Georgia Supreme Court.

The case is the latest attempt to overturn a Board of Regents policy adopted in 2010 that requires undocumented students to pay tuition rates that are roughly three times as high as in-state tuition rates.

The lawsuit was filed in Fulton County Superior Court on behalf of students who are protected from deportation under the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA).

Fulton Superior Court Judge Gail Tusan ruled earlier this year that the students should be allowed to pay the lower tuition rate, but the Court of Appeals overturned that ruling.

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