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Do In-State Tuition Benefits Affect the Enrollment of Non-Citizens? Evidence from Universities in Texas

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  • Lisa M. Dickson

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    (UMBC)

  • Matea Pender

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    (Optimal Solutions Group)

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In 2001, the Texas state legislature passed House Bill 1403 and became the first state to offer in-state tuition rates at public universities for non-citizens who attended high school in the state for three years. As a result of the policy change, the cost of attending college at public universities in Texas fell dramatically for non-citizens. Using administrative data from six universities in Texas, we employ a quasi-experimental design to identify the effects of the policy change on the probability of enrollment. The results demonstrate a large and significant positive effect of lowering tuition on the enrollment of non-citizens at the University of Texas at Pan American and a positive and marginally significant effect on the probability of enrollment at the University of Texas at San Antonio. The results also suggest that the policy had a negative effect on enrollment at Southern Methodist University, a private university whose tuition was unchanged by the policy.

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Paper provided by UMBC Department of Economics in its series UMBC Economics Department Working Papers with number 10-125.

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Length: 34 pages
Date of creation: 27 Aug 2010
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Handle: RePEc:umb:econwp:10125

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  1. Robert Bozick & Trey Miller, 2014. "In-State College Tuition Policies for Undocumented Immigrants: Implications for High School Enrollment Among Non-citizen Mexican Youth," Population Research and Policy Review, Springer, vol. 33(1), pages 13-30, February.

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