HB144 Undocumented Students

 

studentsHB 144 is a House Bill that was passed in 2002, in the state of Utah that allows qualifying undocumented students to pay in-state tuition if he or she attends a Utah college or university. This means that even though a student does not have residency status, they may attend Weber State University at the same rate as Utah residents. In-state tuition is more affordable than out-of-state tuition, allowing students to pay less for the same education.

History

Currently, Utah is one of 17 states that allow in-state tuition rates for undocumented students. Fourteen states provide these provisions through state legislation. Two states—Oklahoma and Rhode Island— allow in-state tuition rates to undocumented students through Board of Regents decisions.

HB 144 Eligibility (effective July 1, 2002)

In order to QUALIFY for HB 144, a student must meet the following requirements:

  • Student must have attended a UTAH high school for three (3) or more consecutive years.
  • Student must have graduated from a UTAH high school with a diploma or G.E.D.
  • Student must NOT be registered as an entering student at a Utah college or university before the fall semester 2002.
  • Student must have filed an application to legalize his or her immigration status or will file an application as soon as he or she is eligible (In other words, when the student has an opportunity to change his or her legal status, he/she will)

For more information regarding HB144, please visit the Utah State Legislature website.

SB 81

SB 81 is a Senate Bill that was passed in 2008, states that any individual who is not lawfully present in the U.S. is not eligible to receive scholarships or financial aid. This means that any student not legally documented or a legal citizen (this includes DACA students), cannot receive scholarships through the College/University nor federal financial aid. For more information regarding SB 81, please visit the Utah State Legislature website.

SB 253

As of May 12, 2015, Utah SB 253 makes it so any student who graduates from a Utah high school (regardless of high school graduation year) IS NOT required to provide proof of lawful U.S. presence for scholarships or tuition waivers in Utah’s public colleges and universities. Therefore, regardless if the student has or does not have DACA, as long as they have graduated from a Utah high school, they may apply to privately funded scholarships administered by a Utah public colleges or university! le.utah.gov

Affidavit

If you meet all the requirements of HB 144, you may be eligible for the lower resident tuition rate. Please print and fill out the Non-Resident Tuition Exemption Affidavit and submit it to the WSU Admissions Office with an official (sealed and unopened) copy of your high school transcript showing your graduation date.