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For ‘Dreamers,’ In-State Tuition Can Mean Staying in College

The momentum didn’t really come out until the Dreamers started actually taking initiative and speaking for themselves.”

Giancarlo TelloRutgers University at Newark

Giancarlo Tello, whose family came to New Jersey from Peru when he was 6, is the campaign chair of a youth-led coalition that successfully lobbied last year for a state law allowing immigrants who are in the country illegally to pay lower in-state tuition rates. Mr. Tello had dropped out of Rutgers, unable to afford the out-of-state rate, but with the new law now in effect he plans to return next fall—to study political science.

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