Against bill (HB 2787 / SB 10)

The Madras
Pioneer

Against bill

February 12, 2013

To the Editor,

Oregonians looking at the future cost of attending, furthermore, the funding of Oregon’s public four-year colleges and universities should be concerned about State Rep. John Huffman’s support of legislation (House Bill 2787) that would grant in-state tuition for international students illegally in the country.

Crunching some numbers from Portland State University for years 2012-2013, the estimated undergraduate tuition and fees (15 credits per term) for an Oregon resident is $7,653 per year, while an international student is $22,863 per year. Under HB 2787, PSU would be required to cut individual tuition and fees costs for illegal international students attending the university by $15,210 per year. The result of the legislation becoming law, PSU would lose over a four-year period for every illegal international student attending the university $60,840.

Rep. Huffman’s support of in-state tuition for illegal international students reveals a state legislator lacking a sense of fiduciary responsibility to his voting constituents, moreover, the state’s higher education system. Oregonians should contact Rep. Huffman (rep.johnhuffman@state.or.us) and ask him the following question: Representative, who is going to make up the tuition shortfall at Oregon’s public four-year colleges and universities if in-state tuition for international students illegally in the country becomes law?

David Olen Cross

Salem

http://www.madraspioneer.com/archives/story.aspx/18950/against-bill

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