N.J. College Students To Rally For Lower Tuition For Illegal Immigrants

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A coalition of college students and immigration activists will kick off a campaign calling for "tuition equality" for illegal immigrants at New Jersey colleges.

The group — which will stage its first rally on the steps of the Statehouse in Trenton this morning — is pushing for passage of controversial legislation that would allow undocumented students to pay in-state tuition rates at the state’s public colleges.

Under the current law, New Jersey colleges do not ask students their immigration status. But if students can not prove they live in the state legally, they are required to pay out-of-state tuition and are ineligible for financial aid.

"This is our first rally that’s going to kick off our campaign," said Frangy Pozo, a Rutgers student and one of the organizers of the campaign. "We are looking forward to getting this passed."

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