North Carolina Community Colleges Reviewing Immigrant Policy

NC community colleges reviewing immigrant policy

The Associated Press, August 19, 2009

Raleigh (AP) — North Carolina community colleges leaders will consider reversing a ban keeping illegal immigrants out of the statewide system of two-year colleges.

A committee of the state Board of Community Colleges holds a special session on Wednesday to weigh the pros and cons of admitting undocumented students. A decision could come on Friday on keeping them out of the states 58 community colleges as they have been for the past year.

The countrys third-largest community college system has changed its illegal immigrant admission policy four times since 2000. The new look comes as laid-off workers are jamming classrooms.

A study commissioned by the system said taxpayers wouldnt be affected if the students pay out-of-state rates of $7,000 a year.