Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) announced on Monday that he will be directing the state’s Board of Higher Education to grant in-state tuition to the state’s undocumented immigrants, making it the 13th state to offer a state-level DREAM Act.
The directive will take place immediately, according to an unidentified official who spoke to the Boston Globe. This will be a significant financial benefit to undocumented students. For example, the state’s flagship, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, will be able to offer undocumented students the in-state tuition rate of $13,230 instead of its out-of-state rate of $26,645.
President Barack Obama signed an executive order earlier this year that would defer deportation of young people who attend college or join the military. Though Congress is not expected to take up immigration reform before the end of the year, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) indicated he was hopeful about the Senate taking it up next year.