The Maricopa Community Colleges used to charge $96 per credit hour for anyone taking 6 credit hours or less a semester. This is how many undocumented students were able to attend class, including my husband. This is a very slow and frustrating route to higher education, but at least it made education possible. A student could take two 3-credit classes for about $576 or a class with a long lab for about $384.
This is no more, at least in this district. The district board has decided to increase the fees to $317 per credit hour. Your average three credit hour class will now cost an undocumented student $915 and with no chance for financial aid, means the end of dreams for many students. The new rates go in to effect in July.
Last month, the Phoenix New Times reported that Board President, Mr. Lumm, warned students that the measure was intended to target undocumented students. Many members disagreed, especially Debra Pearson, who is a member of the Minuteman Civil
Dense Defense Corps.
Some students have decided to leave Arizona in hopes of finding schools with lower tuition rates and less strict residency rules. My husband and I are planning to save a little money before we look for another school for him to attend.