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Ohio lawmaker tries to block lower tuition for DREAMers
Northeast Ohio lawmaker says the in-state tuition would hurt Ohio taxpayers
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT JO INGLES


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A special federal designation has been given to some students who were brought to the U.S. as small children, raised here and want to go to college here. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals allows the students to attend college here.
Recently, the chancellor’s office changed policy to allow Ohio students to attend public colleges at an in-state tuition rate. But Republican State Rep. Matt Lynch of Bainbridge says he wants to change that to protect Ohio taxpayers.
Childhood arrival students may get pathway to in-state tuition

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"Effectively, every other legal Ohio citizen ends up subsidizing those students, and I don’t think that’s correct. At the very least, it’s a matter for the Legislature to decide and not to be dictated by a federal-government program.”

But a spokeswoman for a group representing immigrant students says they should legitimately be allowed to attend Ohio public colleges at the in-state rate because they’re taxpayers here, and they were not the ones making the decision to come here as small children.

The international rate for Ohio’s colleges is about three times the in-state rate.

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