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Mass. immigrant tuition plan could be a model

Will charge in-state fees

The Patrick administration’s decision to extend in-state tuition rates to illegal immigrants who qualify for a work permit carves a new path through the thicket of state policies on the issue, immigration specialists said Tuesday, and could spur other states to follow suit.

Massachusetts’ policy shift, which has drawn a backlash from critics since it was announced Monday, marks the first time a state has ­allowed immigrants who qualify ­under relaxed federal immigration guidelines to pay the lower resident rate, specialists said.

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