Today, we are launching the North Carolina “One State, One Rate” Campaign. We are calling on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, to grant in-state tuition to undocumented students.
Like other undocumented students in North Carolina, I, Emilio, did well in school and was involved in my community. I knew I would be charged the out-of-state tuition rate, without the ability to apply for any federal or state-based aid. I am able to attend UNC because I was awarded a private scholarship. If it weren’t for the generosity of a donor, I would not be here today.
Over the last few years, I, Pablo, have been working as a high school math teacher,counselor and dropout prevention specialist. Through my work, I have met numerous talented students whose dreams of continuing their education are cut short by the sad fact that they will be charged out-of-state tuition, an impossible financial hurdle for their families.
We believe that an inclusive university demands that we give all North Carolinians an equal opportunity to continue their education.
It says a lot when the University of California at Berkeley, University of California at Los Angeles and University of Michigan at Ann Arbor — three of our four “top public peers” — all offer in-state tuition to undocumented students.