April 10, 2015
Under Senate Bill 1819 – currently under debate in the Texas Senate – colleges would be required to charge undocumented students out-of-state tuition, potentially doubling the cost of a college degree.
Supporters of the bill say it would give college privileges only to American citizens. Opponents say it is an anti-immigrant measure that will encourage students to drop out. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick made a campaign promise in 2014 to repeal the law while Gov. Greg Abbott said the "flawed" legislation needs to be reworked.