More than 600 students at Arizona State University are being denied in-state tuition because they have not proven they are in this country legally.
The figures were provided by ASU officials to the Joint Legislative Budget Committee to comply with Proposition 300. That measure, approved by voters in November, says only those students who are U.S. citizens or legally in this country are entitled to pay the lower tuition charged to Arizona residents.
That difference is significant: Residents pay $4,821 a year, versus $16,853 for those from out-of-state.
And the same law denies all financial aid subsidized with state taxpayer funds.
The statistics as of June 30 said there were 47,145 ASU students signed up for classes in the fall semester.
That does not mean everyone else is either a citizen or legal U.S. resident. Nearly 14,000 of these did not have their status verified because they have not requested to pay the lower tuition charged to Arizona residents or sought financial aid subsidized with state taxpayer funds.
The percentage of students who had not provided the verification to ASU is lower than at the University of Arizona. At UA, 877 were not verified out of more than 30,000 students enrolled for the fall semester.
These are the first of what are supposed to be semi-annual reports required under terms of Prop. 300.
Prop. 300 also denies state-subsidized child care and adult education programs to those illegally in the United States. Similar reports are required from those programs.
But the figures from community colleges around the state varied greatly, not only from the universities but also from each other, as each interpreted the new state law slightly different.