The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation projects that granting in-state tuition rates to immigrant students illegally living in the state would directly benefit fewer than 1,000 students and that state colleges and universities would gain money due to increased enrollment.
In exchange for boosting graduation rates and closing achievement gaps, state education officials are calling on lawmakers to grow investments in public higher education and significantly expand financial aid programs. Those arguments have resonated with some government watchdogs, such as Michael Widmer of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation estimates under 1,000 students annually would be affected by the legislation. They also say the state would gain rather than lose money because the bill would encourage students to attend school who would otherwise be unable to afford it.