The AJC editors and this reporter omit the fact that the below covered legislation does not change the existing law that requires Americans who move to Georgia to wait a year to be eligible for the instate tuition.
Because the AJC didn’t, let us tell you about tuition costs.
“For academic year 2020-2021, the average tuition & fees for Colleges in Georgia is $4,739 for in-state and $17,008 for out-of-state. The amount is lower than national average. The 2021 national average is $6,852 for in-state students and $17,943 for out-of-state students.” Here.
* HB 932 would allow refugees, foreigners here on Special Immigrant Visas (SIV) and Afghans on “humanitarian parole” to be excluded from the current state law and BOR policy that says newly arrived college students must be GA residents for 12 months before they can access the much lower instate tuition rate in Georgia’s public colleges and tech schools. (The Special Immigrant Visa grants permanent residence to foreign nationals who claim to have helped the U.S. government abroad).
HB 932 does not cover Americans and immigrants outside the above description who move to Georgia from other states– they would still be required to pay the higher tuition rate for public colleges/tech schools for the first year of their residence. HB 932 is sponsored by Republican Rep Wes Cantrell and has Democrat cosponsors. We regard HB 932 as un-American.
The Dustin Inman Society opposes HB 932.
Lawmakers introduce bill to help refugees attend Georgia colleges
Legislation would help refugees qualify for more affordable in-state tuition rates as soon as they settle in the state.