HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1374        FILED ON: 1/16/2019

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1236

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Michael J. Moran

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
Court assembled:

The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act to ensure tuition equity for Massachusetts residents.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Michael J. Moran

18th Suffolk

Louis L. Kafka

8th Norfolk

Harriette L. Chandler

First Worcester

Natalie M. Blais

1st Franklin

Christine P. Barber

34th Middlesex

Joseph W. McGonagle, Jr.

28th Middlesex

Jennifer E. Benson

37th Middlesex

Carlos González

10th Hampden

Kevin G. Honan

17th Suffolk

Brendan P. Crighton

Third Essex

Mindy Domb

3rd Hampshire

Christina A. Minicucci

14th Essex

Kenneth I. Gordon

21st Middlesex

Daniel Cahill

10th Essex

Marjorie C. Decker

25th Middlesex

Tommy Vitolo

15th Norfolk

Natalie M. Higgins

4th Worcester

Steven Ultrino

33rd Middlesex

Jon Santiago

9th Suffolk

James B. Eldridge

Middlesex and Worcester

Michelle L. Ciccolo

15th Middlesex

Sean Garballey

23rd Middlesex

Rebecca L. Rausch

Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex

Jack Patrick Lewis

7th Middlesex

Sal N. DiDomenico

Middlesex and Suffolk

Daniel J. Ryan

2nd Suffolk

Chynah Tyler

7th Suffolk

Daniel R. Cullinane

12th Suffolk

Paul F. Tucker

7th Essex


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1374        FILED ON: 1/16/2019

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1236

By Mr. Moran of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1236) of Michael J. Moran and others relative to in-state tuition rates and fees at public institutions of higher education.  Higher Education.

 

[SIMILAR MATTER FILED IN PREVIOUS SESSION
SEE HOUSE, NO. 2231 OF 2017-2018.]

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

 

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In the One Hundred and Ninety-First General Court
(2019-2020)

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An Act to ensure tuition equity for Massachusetts residents.

 

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

Chapter 15A of the General Laws, as most recently amended by section 20 of chapter 189 of the acts of 2012, is hereby amended by adding the following section:—

Section 9C(a) Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, for the purpose of determining eligibility for in-state tuition rates and fees at state institutions of higher education in Massachusetts, any person admitted to such state institutions of higher education, other than a nonimmigrant alien within the meaning of paragraph 15 of subsection (a)(A) through (S) of 8 U.S.C., section 1101 of the federal act, who has attended a high school in the commonwealth for 3 or more years and has graduated from a high school in the commonwealth or attained the equivalent thereof from an adult basic education program in the commonwealth, or is currently a student in a Massachusetts public higher education institution qualifying for in-state tuition under federal regulations, shall be eligible to pay in-state tuition rates and fees, at any state institution of higher education in the commonwealth. (b) Proof required of any such person demonstrating in-state tuition eligibility as determined by the Department of Higher Education may include, but not limited to,: (A) if eligible for the military selective service under the federal Military Selective Service Act, as amended by 50 U.S.C., App. 453, section 3, register for such; (B) provide the state institution of higher education in the commonwealth in which enrollment is sought with documentation of registration with the selective service, if applicable; (C) supply the state institution of higher education in which enrollment is sought with a valid social security number or a document reflecting issuance of an individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN) in lieu of a social security number; (D) file, in every year of enrollment, a Massachusetts income tax return pursuant to chapter 62 of the general laws; and (E) file at the time of enrollment, if that person is not a citizen of the United States or a legal permanent resident of the United States, an affidavit signed under the pains and penalties of perjury stating that the person has applied for citizenship or legal permanent residence or will apply for citizenship or legal permanent residence in accordance with federal statute and federal regulations within 120 days of eligibility for such status.  (c) No person qualified for in-state tuition rates and fees under this chapter shall be denied in-state tuition and fees as a result of the granting of eligibility under this paragraph. (d) The Legislature finds that this is a state law within the meaning of 8 U.S.C. 1621(d). Provided further that the Department of Higher Education in collaboration with the public institutions of higher education shall promulgate regulations to facilitate the in-state tuition eligibility process. 

This act shall take effect upon passage.