HB187, argued on the House floor on March 9th, would further limit non-citizen students from receiving any postsecondary education benefit in Missouri. Listen to Rep. Kendrick’s statement on the House floor against the bill.
Bill Summary – HB 187
HCS HB 187 — POST SECONDARY EDUCATION PUBLIC BENEFITS
(Fitzpatrick (R-Shell Knob)
COMMITTEE OF ORIGIN: Standing Committee on Higher Education
Currently, a student unlawfully present in the United States is
prohibited from receiving a postsecondary education public benefit.
This bill changes the law to prohibit a student in unlawful
immigration status in the United States from receiving a
postsecondary education public benefit, including students who have
pending cases under the federal Deferred Action for Childhood
Arrivals (DACA) guidelines.
The bill also prohibits a Missouri public higher education
institution from offering a tuition rate to any student with an
unlawful immigration status that is less than the rate charged to
citizens or nationals of the United States whose residence is not
in Missouri and requires that the students be charged the same
tuition rate as international students.
The bill repeals the provision prohibiting a student from using an
award under the Access Missouri Financial Assistance Program to
enroll in a course of study leading to a degree in theology or