Senate Bill 64
Read second time 1/15/19
This is a similar bill to HB46 and HB147 in that they both address access to higher education, changing the grounds in which someone is considered a resident in the state of Missouri. This bill establishes the "Missouri Tuition Equity Act" which requires the governing board of any Missouri higher education institution receiving any state funds to deem each student a Missouri resident if the student meets the criteria specified in the bill. The resident status applies unless the student establishes residence outside the state. This bill does not allow specified institutions to deny admission solely on immigration status and requires information collected in the admission process to remain confidential. The bill contains an emergency clause. This bill is similar to HB 1771 (2018) and HB 453 (2017).
Any of HB557, HB46 and HB147 passing will help to give students access to more affordable higher education. Currently DACA recipients are paying international rates to attend Missouri colleges. All of these bills address this issue. Furthermore, we seek to have the language in the budget bill HB2003 which states that undocumented students cannot access postsecondary education benefits be stripped. Please see talking points below.