A rule change passed this year by Missouri lawmakers means college tuition will more than double for dozens and possibly hundreds of college students in the state.
The new rule says public colleges and universities in Missouri must charge Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals — or “DACA” — students the highest rate of tuition. DACA students are immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children and are undocumented through no fault of their own.
The rule change is seen as a victory by lawmakers who have been trying for years to make it harder for undocumented students to attend college. But it is opposed by a number of education leaders, including University of Missouri Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin.