undocumented students

Undocumented immigrants that have attended a Michigan High School for at least three years will soon be able to pay in-state tuition rates at Eastern Michigan University.  The board of regents Tuesday unanimously approved the policy change that will take affect in the fall.  

President Susan Martin says hopefully more of these students that are part of our community will come to E-M-U, but it may be difficult to put a specific number on the increase.

The new policy was originally pushed by the E-M-U student government who researched options and voted in favor of this change last month.  Student Body President Desmond Miller says they estimate less than 20 undocumented students are currently studying at E-M-U and is confident that number will climb.

E-M-U now joins the University of Michigan, Wayne State University, and Washtenaw Community College to offer in-state tuition to undocumented students from Michigan high schools.

The regents also approved a policy change to give all honorably discharged or medically separated U-S Military veterans with one-year of active duty service in-state tuition.

Eastern Michigan University student leaders are trying to create a fund to assist undocumented students from Michigan communities.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.