The Insider column in the new edition of the Arkansas Times broke the news about UCA president Lu Hardin's decision to offer in-state tuition to the children of immigrants -- as long as they graduate from an Arkansas high school.
“This is clearly the right thing to do and is not a difficult decision,” Hardin said. He said the students were living in Arkansas “and are directly or indirectly paying taxes, through rent or withheld state income taxes.” The students also will be eligible for other forms of financial assistance.
UPDATE (4:40 p.m.): Joan Duffy, UALR's media relations manager, called to say that the Little Rock university has been offering the same opportunity for years.
"The UALR application process asks high school graduates if they have lived in Arkansas for six months," Duffy said. "If they have, they are considered in-state students."
Students can apply and register online at ualr.edu.