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In-state rates for immigrants a “no-brainer,” Guv says



Chris Lisinski

Gov. Maura Healey doubled down Tuesday on her support for extending access to lower in-state tuition rates to Massachusetts high school graduates without legal immigration status, praising the proposal as “absolutely essential and a no-brainer.”

After initially offering the proposal a warm reception, Healey more fully embraced the idea during a WBUR interview on Tuesday. She described it as a matter of fairness and a way to mitigate the workforce challenges straining employers.

Many of the students who would gain eligibility to attend public colleges and universities at in-state rates — which can be several thousand dollars less per year than the out-of-state cost — have “lived here essentially all of their lives,” Healey said. “We have some folks who have come to Massachusetts from another country when they were 10 months old or they were 3 years old, 5 years old,” Healey said on “Radio Boston.” “They’ve gone through all of their education, K to 12, right? But now when it comes to going to college or thinking about college, they’re not eligible for in-state tuition even though they’ve lived here, worked here.” “I think this makes a lot of sense, and it certainly is a way to help with our workforce needs as well, so I strongly support it,” she added.

Senate Democrats wove the policy into their Ways and Means Committee’s fiscal 2024 state budget, which is marked for debate next week. House Speaker Ron Mariano joined a majority of the House 17 years ago to defeat a similar proposal and has declined to say since last week’s Senate budget release if his position has changed.

Twenty-three other states have laws in place allowing undocumented immigrants to access in-state tuition, and 18 of them also allow those students to access state financial aid as would the Senate plan, according to Senate President Karen Spilka’s office.



  1. Flip Flop

    May 16, 2023 at 4:21 pm

    So if you’re a legal American citizen from New York, you pay out-of-state tuition but if you’re illegal and have already burdened the educational system in the Commonwealth, you get a break.

    Makes sense.

  2. Brainless

    May 16, 2023 at 4:28 pm

    No brain maybe.

  3. Fed Up

    May 16, 2023 at 4:29 pm

    ” she described it as a matter a fairness ” She’s braindead! There are people who have been on a waiting list for years to LEGALLY get into this country and this moron has the audacity to chime in about ” fairness ” State is deeply in debt as well I wonder where all this money is going to come from?

  4. J. Cardoza

    May 16, 2023 at 5:20 pm

    NO NO NO ! How do we vote these idiots in ? She sucked in previous capacity so we made her Governor

  5. Dante

    May 16, 2023 at 9:07 pm

    Another reason to leave Blue states and why they are ruining this country. Bye bye Massholes!!

    • I hate ignorant MAGAt's

      May 17, 2023 at 7:35 am

      One of the best economies in the country, best schools in the country, considered one of the best states to raise a family, one of the lowest crime rates in the country, lowest for gun violence in the country!

      Don’t like the state don’t let the door hit you in your ignorant a**!

      Oh and don’t forget we need these people as workers and yes they pay taxes and their landlords pay taxes. We have the highest worker participation rates ever and the lack of workers is causing wage inflation which is causing inflation. But I don’t expect the deep thinkers above to understand any of this. What we need is immigration reform!

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