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More Affordable Access for Undocumented Students

To: UA Employees


Ann Weaver Hart, President

Subject: More Affordable Access for Undocumented Students

Date: March 7, 2013

Dear Colleagues,

I am aware of and sympathetic to the difficulties faced by young people brought to the U.S. as children who have studied hard and worked to prepare themselves for success in college. All of us will benefit if these students have the opportunity for a high quality, affordable university education in Arizona, and I am supportive of efforts to make that access more affordable to graduates of Arizona high schools who qualify for and have been accepted to the University of Arizona. I look forward to further discussion of this important issue with the Arizona Board of Regents, the other university presidents, and with our UA community.

With best regards,

President Ann Weaver Hart

I would also like to share with our UA community a statement issued by the Arizona Board of Regents:

"While there is currently no formal proposal before the Arizona Board of Regents regarding reduced tuition for undocumented students, the Board has a strong desire to facilitate access to higher education for all students within the constraints of applicable law.

"Our state's public universities, Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona, strive to provide affordable and accessible higher education to ensure a ready and able workforce for the future of our state. 

"Higher education is a key partner in our state's economic vitality and while the Board is steadfast in its compliance with state law and its policies that govern in-state tuition, the Board continually studies and thoughtfully considers the parameters of its universities' tuition models to elevate affordability and accessibility."

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