MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The top two officials at the University of Memphis are backing a plan to allow people without legal U.S. residency to pay in-state tuition rates at the school.
Interim President Brad Martin told The Commercial Appeal that many successful high school graduates lack access to higher education.
Martin and Provost David Rudd are backing plans to bolster U of M enrollment and retention by abolishing out-of-state tuition, and by enabling successful students without legal U.S. residency who live in Tennessee to pay in-state tuition rates.
Two bills working their way through legislative committees in Nashville would give students without legal U.S. residency who have lived in Tennessee five years access to in-state tuition.
Martin sent a letter to members of the legislature Wednesday where the bills are pending review.