By ANITA SNOW, PHOENIX (AP) — Immigrant college students in Arizona say the recent loss of their lower in-state tuition is creating hardships, but they are scrambling to piece together private funding before the fall semester begins so they can stay in school.
More than 2,300 public college students around Arizona with deferred deportation status will have to pay thousands more in annual tuition this autumn under a state Supreme Court decision that rules them ineligible for in-state tuition.
Twenty other states around the nation offer the lower in-state public tuition rate to such students, including California, Kansas and New York.
The Arizona students say they fear a growing anti-immigrant bias in their state and the rest of the U.S. under President Donald Trump, who has made tough immigration policies a key part of his administration.
(Arizona State University student David Montenegro stands out in front of the Memorial Union building at ASU Thursday, May 10, 2018, in Tempe, Ariz. Montenegro and more than 2,300 public college students around Arizona with deferred deportation status must now pay thousands more in tuition annually starting this fall under a state Supreme Court decision eliminating their lower in-state tuition. Photo: AP-Ross D. Franklin)