VIDEO: Students shred Social Security cards to receive in-state tuition offered to illegal immigrants

Gabriella Morrongiello
Washington Examiner White House Correspondent

  • Campus Reform asked out-of-state students at UVA and UMD if they would be willing to give up their U.S. citizenship to become “undocumented students.”
  • Out-of-state students at both universities pay nearly double in tuition than what in-state students and illegal immigrants pay.
  • As recently as 2014, illegal immigrants in 22 states are eligible for lower-cost, in-state tuition at public colleges and universities.

    While students residing illegally in states such as California, Texas, Maryland, and Virginia are eligible for in-state tuition, legal immigrants, international students, and U.S. citizens continue to pay out-of-state tuition, often costing several thousand dollars more.

    For instance, out-of-state tuition at the University of Virginia (UVA), a public institution in Charlottesville, Va., ranked second highest in the nation in 2013, according to Daily Progress. The annual cost of tuition for out-of-state students attending UVA is currently $36,720, more than double the in-state tuition rate of $10,016 offered to Virginia residents. Similarly, tuition at the University of Maryland (UMD), a public university in College Park, Md., costs out-of-state students $20,145 more annually.

    Campus Reform asked out-of-state students attending UVA and UMD–both of which offer in-state tuition to illegal immigrants–whether they would consider renouncing their U.S. citizenship to become “undocumented students” eligible for in-state tuition.

    WATCH: Students shred their social security cards, become "undocumented" for in-state tuition

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    Gabriella Morrongiello

    Gabriella Morrongiello

    Washington Examiner White House Correspondent

    Gabby Morrongiello is the White House Correspondent for the Washington Examiner, and previously, she worked as the Washington Bureau Chief for the New York Post. Prior to joining those publications, Gabby worked as a Campus Correspondent, reporting on liberal bias around the country. During her time as a correspondent, Gabby appeared regularly on Fox News, The Blaze, and One America News. She is a graduate of George Washington University.  

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