The Arizona Supreme Court ruled Monday that immigrants protected under President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program will no longer be able to receive in-state tuition at public colleges in the state, reports The Washington Examiner.
The ruling agreed with the Arizona Court of Appeals that says state laws do not allow Maricopa Community Colleges to grant in-state tuition to those protected under the Obama-era program, the Washington Post reported.
Since these students will not be eligible for the lower tuition rates, the cost for college could double or even triple for these DACA recipients.
For example, an in-state resident at Arizona State University will pay less than $10,000 next year, while a nonresident, or out-of-state student, will pay $27,618 in tuition.
At Maricopa Community Colleges, where the lawsuit originated, Arizona residents pay $86 per credit hour, while non-residents pay $241.
An estimated 2,000 people who attend state or community colleges in Arizona will be affected by this Arizona Supreme Court ruling, possibly leading to a lower enrollment rate from these students.
Trump and Republicans in Congress have tried working with Democrats across the aisle with coming up with a new DACA bill that meets the two parties demands in the middle, but since the Democrats were unwilling to compromise in immigration reform last year, it resulted in the government being shut down for a couple of days.
President Trump has tried to repeal DACA, but court rulings have blocked him from doing so, and it could be up to the Supreme Court to decide whether Trump has the authority to end the program that Obama created on his own.