Arkansas Senator: Not Enough Support For Tuition Bill

Apr 5, 2013

An Arkansas lawmaker says there isn't enough support in the state Senate yet to pass a proposal to extend cheaper in-state tuition rates to some immigrants who came to the United States illegally.

Democratic Sen. Joyce Elliott of Little Rock said Friday that she will bring the proposal before the Senate Education Committee if she finds enough support in the whole Senate.

But she's doesn't have much time left as an April 19 deadline to end the legislative session approaches.

Elliott's proposal would grant in-state tuition rates to anyone who has attended an Arkansas high school for at least three years and has an Arkansas high school diploma or general education diploma in the state.

Out-of-state tuition rates in Arkansas are about twice as much as in-state rates.