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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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