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Missouri bill would ban in-state tuition for some students

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Posted at 6:01 AM, Feb 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-12 07:01:05-05

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A Missouri bill would ban public colleges and universities from offering in-state tuition discounts to students living in the U.S. illegally.

Missouri schools now face losing state funding if they offer those students anything less than the tuition rate charged to international students. That's because of budget restrictions that state lawmakers have enacted in recent years.

Suburban St. Louis Republican Sen. Bob Onder's bill would enshrine that budget policy in law.

Critics say the cost of international tuition creates barriers for those students to attend college and could push them to leave Missouri.