The much-hyped Arizona elections might have contributed to the formal passing of Proposition 308 — an initiative that's slated to offer in-state college tuition rates to illegal immigrant students, provided they meet a specific criteria of educational output.
Proposition 308, which passed among Arizona voters by roughly 60,000 votes, was essentially an under-the-wire addition to the 2022 midterms ballot. And yet, it still garnered sufficient approval among Arizona voters.
Eligible students will now be privy to the in-state tuition rates for undergraduate programs at Arizona state schools — which reportedly amount to about $11,000 per year.
To become eligible for the program, the undocumented students must attend an Arizona-based high school for at least two years and then successfully graduate.
According to Ballotpedia, Proposition 308 was designed "to allow non-citizen students, except those considered to be nonresident aliens under federal law, to receive in-state college tuition when a student, (a) attended school in Arizona for at least two years, and (b) graduated from a public school, private school, or homeschool in Arizona.
"Examples of nonresident aliens, as found in U.S. Code Title 8, are the families of foreign ambassadors, diplomats, and employees and non-citizens with residencies in a foreign nation that the non-citizen has no intention of abandoning."
The 308 measure subsequently "repealed provisions of Proposition 300, which voters approved in 2006. Proposition 300 provided that non-citizens could not receive certain state-subsidized services, benefits, or financial aid or in-state tuition rates."
According to the Newsmax elections tracker, the Democrats are projected to prevail in the Arizona governor's race (Democrat Katie Hobbs defeating Republican challenger Kari Lake) and U.S. Senate battle (incumbent Sen. Mark Kelly, D-Ariz., outdoing Republican challenger Blake Masters).
For the state attorney general race, Democrat Kris Mayes and Republican Abraham Hamadeh are currently embroiled in a too-close-to-call battle, with both candidates collecting 50% of the total vote.
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