The Arizona State Supreme Court has dealt a blow to undocumented students defined under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA.
Based on this 7-0 ruling which upheld an earlier Court of Appeals decision, these students are no longer eligible to pay in-state tuition rates when attending universities in Arizona.
According to NPR.org, this decision affects 2,000 students and will raise the amount that students will pay for their annual tuition.
Arizona joins Georgia and Indiana as states prohibiting in-state tuition. Alabama and South Carolina, however, prohibit DREAMers from enrolling in any public postsecondary institution.
The ability to receive in-state tuition builds access for students to achieve higher education and better life outcomes via a college degree. It is unknown at this time how, or if, this will affect the ability of students to access higher educational opportunities, and the effect that this will have, if any, on the state higher education system's net revenues in coming years.
According to the American School Counselor Association, Arizona leads the nation in student to counselor ratio; there are on average 924 students for each counselor.
To read more about this topic, please review:
A statement from the Arizona Board of Regents: Statement from ABOR Chair Bill Ridenour RegardingArizona Supreme Court Decision in MCCCD CaseProhibiting In-State Tuition for DACA Students
Townhall.com: Arizona Supreme Court Unanimously Rules DACA Recipients No Longer Eligible for In-state Tuition
NPR.org: Arizona Supreme Court Denies DACA Students In-State Tuition