UofM leaders backing immigrant tuition program

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 6, 2014 at 6:30 a.m.



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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The top two officials at the University of Memphis are backing a plan to allow people without legal U.S. residency to pay in-state tuition rates at the school.

Interim President Brad Martin told The Commercial Appeal (http://bit.ly/1mYsM27 ) that many successful high school graduates lack access to higher education.

Martin and Provost David Rudd are backing plans to bolster U of M enrollment and retention by abolishing out-of-state tuition, and by enabling successful students without legal U.S. residency who live in Tennessee to pay in-state tuition rates.

Two bills working their way through legislative committees in Nashville would give students without legal U.S. residency who have lived in Tennessee five years access to in-state tuition.

Martin sent a letter to members of the legislature Wednesday where the bills are pending review.

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