St. Louis Community College will cut tuition for undocumented students with a Missouri high school diploma, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Nearby Illinois and at least 17 states offer in-state rates to undocumented state high school graduates but the college’s move is a first for Missouri.
“It’s a huge need. It’s important to give every single kid a chance at education and getting out of that cycle of poverty,” said Virginia Braxs, president of the Hispanic Arts Council. “I think it’s amazing, amazing news. There is a real chance to be part of the American dream.”
“Clearly, there’s a big affordability gap,” said Mark Kantrowitz, senior vice president of Edvisors Network and an expert on college financing.