Georgia Regents Want Colleges to Review Students' Citizenship Status

Public colleges in Georgia will start charging illegal immigrants out-of-state tuition.

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The state of Georgia is taking the immigration issue seriously, and a major move by a state board is making waves around the state and the higher ed community.

The State Board of Regents has asked all public colleges and universities in the Peach State to review the citizenship status of its students, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. While undocumented immigrants are allowed to attend Georgia's public colleges, they are required to pay out-of-state tuition regardless of their home state, the report says. The ordered review comes after news surfaced that an undocumented immigrant at Kennesaw State University was paying in-state tuition.

A committee will evaluate the best way to review the students' citizenship status, the report says.

"If we don't do something, the public will think, just like every bureaucratic agency, that we're going to study it to death," Regent Ken Bernard tells the Journal-Constitution.

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