Governor Murphy Signs Tuition Equality Legislation for Children of H-1B Visa Holders

Insider NJ | 1/21/2020 | Staff
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TRENTON – Governor Phil Murphy today signed S2555, allowing New Jersey students who are children of H-1B visa holders to qualify for in-state tuition at public institutions of higher education.

“New Jerseyans deserve equal access to higher education, and today we are taking another step toward making that possible,” said Governor Murphy. “I’m proud to sign the legislation to help our students achieve their education goals, pursue a successful future, and live their dreams here in their home state.”

S2555 - Students - Parents - Guardians - Visas

S2555 exempts dependent students whose parents or guardians hold H-1B visas from paying out-of-state tuition provided they meet certain criteria, including having graduated from a New Jersey high school and having attended a New Jersey high school for at least three years.

“We are working to make college affordable for New Jerseyans and the Governor’s action today will expand postsecondary opportunities to more residents, such as dependents of H-1B visa holders,” said Secretary of Higher Education Zakiya Smith Ellis.

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“Leveling the playing field by making higher education more affordable for children of H-1B visa holders is not only the right thing to do, but also makes sense from an economic development standpoint,” said NJEDA Chief Executive Officer Tim Sullivan. “This bill signing comes less than a week after the Governor unveiled his JOBS NJ talent plan and will help to bolster New Jersey’s workforce. Talent is the 21st century’s most precious commodity and the Garden State’s highly-knowledgeable workers and world-class universities are among our biggest assets as we work to create a stronger and fairer New Jersey economy.”

“We applaud the enactment of this legislation, which will make college more affordable for talented students who attended a New Jersey high school for at least three years and graduated, by enabling them to enroll in a New Jersey public college or university at the same in-state tuition...
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