AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE CERTAIN IMMIGRANT YOUTH TO RECEIVE IN-STATE TUITION AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AND COMMUNITY COLLEGES IN THIS STATE.
Amends GS 116-143.1 (provisions for determining resident status for tuition purposes in State supported institutions of higher learning). Adds new subsection (n) to establish that a person who meets four qualifications must be accorded resident tuition status: (1) the person received a high school diploma from a secondary or high school within North Carolina or received a high school equivalency diploma within North Carolina; (2) the person attended NC schools for a minimum of two consecutive years immediately prior to high school graduation; (3) if the person does not have lawful immigration status, then the person must also file an affidavit with the constituent institution or community college to which the person is enrolled stating that the person has filed an application to legalize his or her immigration status or will file an application as soon as he or she is eligible to do so; and (4) the person satisfies the admission standards for the constituent institution or community college to which the person applied and has secured admission and enrolled as a student at the constituent institution or community college. Adds new subsection (o) to establish that any information obtained as part of the process for applying for in-State tuition pursuant to new subsection (n) is confidential and not public record. Effective July 1, 2019, and applies beginning with the 2019-20 academic year.