Illegal immigrants in California are eligible to pay lower college tuition than documented out-of-state students, according to a ruling by the state's highest court.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the California Supreme Court has reversed a lower state court decision that struck down a law that provided reduced tuition rates for illegal aliens. Nine other states also have laws that allow undocumented students to receive financial benefits.
The news provider reports that about 400 in-state students at the University of California (UC) are illegal immigrants, while other state colleges say that they do not monitor students' citizenship status.
The New American reports that the the UC in-state fee is approximately $12,000 per year, compared to about $35,000 each year for out-of-state students.
Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS), a nonpartisan organization, has condemned the court's decision and hopes that the U.S. Supreme Court will overturn the ruling.
"Our infrastructure is crumbling in an overpopulated, financially-strapped California, and the legislature provides an additional $23,000 per year to each illegal, foreign student — a gift that is not available to U. S. citizens in other states," said Marilyn DeYoung, Chairman of the Board of CAPS.