In-State Tuition is Not Free!
Sen. Pichardo and Rep. Diaz have proposed to extend in-state college tuition rates to illegal immigrants.
Let’s be clear. Regardless of cost, offering in-state tuition rates to illegal aliens is a complete non-starter on principle. It would become yet another enticement for individuals to come here illegally – in the process, endangering themselves and breaching our sovereignty. We need to reduce, not amplify, such factors.
Hoever, it is instructive as to the legislative mindset to take a look at the more prosaic matter of cost. The in-state tuition rate does not cover the expense of that student’s education at the college or university. The balance must be picked up by others – others like out-of-state students, state tax payers and/or the institution’s privately funded endowment.
Unfortunately, the honorable solons who have submitted this bill seem not to be aware of this tuition differential and the considerable fiscal burden that it confers. Rep Diaz’s lack of awareness on this point appears especially acute.
“All children should be included in the Race to the Top,” Diaz said. “At a time of state cuts, this bill is a boon for CCRI and our state universities.”
Actually, no. Broadening the qualification for in-state tuition is not at all like increasing the number of new customers to a commercial business. On the contrary, far from being a “boon”, every additional in-state tuition payer represents an operating shortfall that the institution must attempt to cover from some other source.
Stated more bluntly, every in-state tuition rate honored is a financial drain on that institution. Naturally, the affected colleges and universities would be well within their right to look to us to pick up the losses arising from this proposed law. But the state is facing a deficit in the hundreds of millions so that doesn’t seem real feasible.
Accordingly, the question that poses itself about this bill is: how? How could a legislator propose a bill without fully understanding its financial ramifications to all affected parties, including his or her own constituency?