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Tuition Equity (HB 2787): What is it?

House Bill 2787 provides certain students an exemption from nonresident tuition and fees at Oregon public universities. In summary, Oregon Tech may grant in-state tuition for undocumented students who meet all of the following requirements:

  • Attended elementary or secondary/high school in a state or territory of the U.S. for at least five years;
  • Studied at an Oregon school for at least the last three years prior to leaving high school;
  • Graduated from an Oregon high school or received a GED in Oregon;
  • Show intention to become a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident.

Undocumented students who do not meet the above criteria for HB 2787 can still apply to Oregon Tech, but will be assessed as a non-resident student and will be required to pay non-resident (out-of-state) tuition and fees.

What does it mean?

First-time undergraduates (freshmen and transfers) who are admitted to Oregon Tech, and meet the requirements of HB 2787, may be assessed in-state tuition rates at Oregon Tech. Please note: the assessment of in-state tuition rates under HB 2787 does not change a student’s residency status.

How to apply for HB 2787- Tuition Equity?

Students wishing to be considered for in-state tuition rates under HB 2787 should apply using the online admissions application and answer the questions as shown below:

  • Do you consider yourself a resident of Oregon?
    • No
  • United States Citizenship Status
    • Non-citizen
  • Social Security Number
    • (leave blank)

Students must then submit the Affidavit and Request for Exemption from Nonresident Tuition and Fees (tuition equity affidavit). Completed affidavits can be mailed to Oregon Tech Office of Admissions (address below) or scanned affidavits can be emailed to an Oregon Tech Admissions Counselor or to oit@oit.edu. Please note that part of the affidavit must be completed in the presence of a notary public.

Oregon Tech
3201 Campus Drive
Klamath Falls, OR 97601

***The Affidavit and Request for Exemption from Nonresident Tuition and Fees (tuition equity affidavit) must be submitted before the admissions application will be considered complete and processed. ***

I’m an undocumented student, but I don’t meet the HB 2787 requirements. How should I apply?

Students who do not meet the requirements for HB 2787 should apply using the online admissions application and answer the questions as shown below:

  • Do you consider yourself a resident of Oregon?
    • No
  • United States Citizenship Status
    • Non-citizen
  • Social Security Number
    • (leave blank) or, optionally, provide the Social Security Number issued through DACA

and submit documentation that verifies that the student has started the process to be a formal U.S. Citizen, such as the I797C, Notice of Action form from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Department.

Applying for Oregon Tech Admission

Oregon Tech has a standard college preparatory admissions approach to its application review process; meaning we consider standard academic achievements when evaluating applications.

This includes college preparatory work completed during high school and/or college preparatory work completed at a regionally accredited community college. For more information about application deadlines and requirements visit the admissions website at www.oit.edu/admissions.

Students interested in applying to Oregon Tech can find the admissions application online at www.oit.edu/apply. All freshman and transfer students who are applying for a bachelor’s degree program are considered undergraduate students.

Applying as an Undocumented Student

Undocumented students should apply using the online admissions application and answer the questions as shown below:

  • Do you consider yourself a resident of Oregon?
    • No
  • United States Citizenship Status
    • Non-citizen
  • Social Security Number
    • (leave blank) or, optionally, provide the Social Security Number issued through DACA

Incoming freshman/first year students are required to submit official ACT or SAT test scores and official high school transcripts in order for their application to be considered complete and processed. Along with these materials, undocumented students must submit a tuition equity affidavit and immigration documentation that demonstrates that the student is on a path to formal U.S. Citizenship.

Transfer students are required to submit official transcripts from all colleges they have attended. Along with these materials, undocumented students must submit a tuition equity affidavit and immigration documentation that demonstrates that the student is on a path to formal U.S. Citizenship.

Who are undocumented students?

Undocumented students are school-age immigrants who live in the United States after entering the country without inspection or after overstaying their visas.

Citizenship/Immigration Status Definitions

Resident Alien - A resident alien is an immigrant who possesses a Resident Alien Card, is a permanent resident of the United States, but does not have citizenship. A student who possesses a Permanent Resident Card (Resident Alien Card-RAC) is not considered an undocumented student. When applying to Oregon Tech a Resident Alien should select “Permanent Resident” as their citizenship status on the application and must submit a copy of the front and back of their resident alien card to the Oregon Tech Office of Admissions in order for their application to be processed.

Undocumented - An undocumented person does not have valid immigration status in the U.S. Undocumented students applying to Oregon Tech should follow the instructions above in the section Applying as an Undocumented Student.

DACA/DACA-mented - Students who are DACA recipients (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), also known as “DACA-mented” students, are still considered undocumented students even though they may have a social security number and/or an Employment Authorization Card. DACA students should follow the same steps as an undocumented student when applying to Oregon Tech.

Refugee/Asylum - A student who is a refugee or is in the United States on asylum is not considered an undocumented student. A student who fits this classification should apply to Oregon Tech using the domestic application, list their citizenship as a “Resident Alien” and submit a copy of the I-797 or I-94 showing their immigration status.

International Student - An international student is a student who is entering or entered the United States with a valid non-immigrant status in the US. International students should apply using the International Student application. Certain visa holders, such as dependents of non-immigrants in H-1B or E-2 status, may be eligible for in-state tuition. Students should view the Oregon Tech residency page to determine if they are eligible for tuition residency.

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