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Policy Analysis of North Carolina House Bill 1183
Over the past five years, ten states have implemented legislation extending in-state tuition rates to undocumented immigrants. While the policies have experienced low participation rates and been subject to legal challenge, they remain a valid alternative in the void created by lack of federal action regarding this growing segment of the United States population. Introduced in April 2005, North Carolina House Bill 1183 (HB1183) proposed offering in-state tuition rates within the UNC and North Carolina Community College systems to those undocumented immigrants meeting specified good-faith eligibility requirements.
This analysis projects the initial program participation to be 432 students (0.4 percent of the total university and community college population) and recommends implementation based on projected net social benefits of $118,208 in the first program year. Projected net social benefits for a five-year analysis period (2007-2011) are $800,167. In addition, substantial secondary benefits of personal income ($2.8 billion) and state tax revenue ($197 million) would be realized should HB1183 or similar legislation be passed and signed into law.