Chafee praises controversial tuition measure

PROVIDENCE, RI – Governor Lincoln Chafee says he's pleased that the Board of Governors for Higher Education is about to approve a measure that would extend in-state tuition to undocumented Rhode Island students who have been in the state's high schools at least three years. The students must graduate and sign an affidavit stating their intention to seek legal status as soon as they are eligible.

Chafee says he's long supported efforts to encourage college attendance among students who through no fault of their own do not have full residency status. Most of these students, he points out, were brought to the United States by their parents when they were young children.

"All that separates these young people," Chafee said in a statement "is the place where they were born - a factor none of us can control."

The governor said he's proud that the Board of Governors will soon be removing what he calls a "needless roadblock" to a brighter future.

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