Immigration Law

Va. DACA Students May Establish Residence for In-State Tuition

"In a letter sent this morning to the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV), the presidents of Virginia's colleges and universities, and the chancellor of the Virginia Community College System, Attorney General Mark R. Herring advised that, under current Virginia law, Virginia students who are lawfully present in the United States under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program qualify for in-state tuition, provided they meet Virginia's domicile requirements. These students, often called "DREAMers," will still need to gain admission to an institution of higher education, maintain their DACA status, and meet the same domicile requirements as all other students, but the Attorney General has concluded that state law allows the Commonwealth to offer these young people in-state tuition rates that will help them reach their full potential and maximize their contributions to Virginia's economy, instead of minimizing their opportunities." - Va. Atty. Gen., Apr. 29, 2014.