A committee of the state Board of Regents met Monday to begin looking at the problem of how to verify that undocumented students are not paying in-state tuition rates. The board is requiring the state’s 35 public colleges and universities to do residency and citizenship checks for all 300,000 students in the system in the next two months. John Millsaps of the University System says the board is concerned about illegal immigrants attending college in Georgia taking advantage of the same benefits in state students receive.
Critics say the board is violating state law by allowing illegal immigrants to attend public colleges. But board members have said they believe they are following the law. The committee will meet again in the next month.