Few students illegally in R.I. pay in-state tuition

Rhode Island education officials said 59 students who immigrated illegally to the United States are paying in-state tuition at the state’s public colleges. The Providence Journal reported that the Office of Higher Education said no more such students are applying for the spring semester. Applications by 32 other students were denied for various reasons, including missing documentation, incomplete information, and failing to be enrolled at a Rhode Island high school for at least three years. If the students paid out-of-state tuition, they would have been charged a total of $261,452, instead of $92,764 in in-state tuition that they paid for the semester. In September 2011, Rhode Island became the 13th state to allow illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition rates public colleges.