Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring announced Tuesday that students who are lawfully living in Virginia under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, DACA, would be eligible for in-state tuition at colleges and universities within the Commonwealth. Students will still need to gain admission to the college of their choice, prove they have been lawfully residing in the Commonwealth for one year and plan to remain indefinitely to qualify for in-state tuition, which is often less than half of the out-of-state student rate.
"These students are already Virginians," Herring said. “Many have lived here for ten or fifteen years. They have graduated from our schools, and they have known no home but Virginia. They may be valedictorians in their high schools. We need to welcome them into our economy and society rather than put a stop sign at the end of Twelfth grade.”
The event, held at Northern Virginia Community College’s Alexandria Campus, included Robert G. Templin, Jr., NOVA’s President, as well as J. Walter Tejada, supervisor, Arlington County Board; Emma Violand-Sanchez, member, Arlington County School Board; Alfonso Lopez, Virginia House of Delegates; Tom Rust, Virginia House of Delegates; Adam Ebbin, Virginia State Senator; Joe Vidiluci, vice president of Government Affairs for the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce; Michel Zajur, president and CEO of the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Dayana Torres, founder, Dreamers of Virginia and Tram Nguyen, executive director of Virginia New Majority.
“The importance of today’s decision regarding in-state tuition qualification for those eligible for DACA extends far beyond those who are immediately impacted,” said NOVA President Robert G. Templin, Jr. “It is a signal to all New Americans who live in Virginia that our state recognizes the importance of developing their talent for the benefit of all of Virginia and values their potential contribution to our collective future.”
Also in attendance were more than two dozen “Dreamer” students, several from NOVA, who will benefit from this new policy, as well as about two dozen local high school students. For more information about NOVA’s admissions policies, contact the Office of Media Relations,
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