Governor Newsom of California signed a bill that allowed students living near the border in Mexico to receive in-state college tuition. Further reports say the bill emulated a law in Texas that also allowed students near the border to waive nonresident tuition.On October 13, Governor Gavin Newsom of California signed a bill that intends to allow some low-income students who are living in Mexico and within 45 minutes of the California border to receive in-state college tuition. Reports say the bill for the in-state college tuition was introduced by Assemblymember David Alvarez from San Diego.
According to Stimson, the California bill emulated a decades-old law in Texas that, like the approval to provide in-state college tuition, also allowed students near the border to waive nonresident tuition. In addition, under a law in California, 150 students from 8 community colleges in the Imperial Valley and San Diego will also receive a “nonresident fee exemption”.
Opposition to In-State College Tuition
However, according to Sosa, although State Senator Roger Niello from Fair Oaks agreed with the bill’s intention to provide in-state college tuition, he was one of the five Republicans who reportedly voted against it due to “fiscal reasons”. Nonetheless, reports say the pilot program in California will begin next year and will last until 2029.