Student Becomes the First UA Cossatot DACA Student to Receive In-State Tuition
August 07, 2019
On July 1, 2019, Act 844 went into effect in Arkansas, allowing DACA students in Arkansas to receive in-state tuition. On August 6, 2019, UA Cossatot announced that Johana Martinez is the first student at UA Cossatot to receive in-state tuition as a DACA student.
Johana Martinez graduated from De Queen High School in 2017. After graduating, she enrolled at UA Cossatot as a post-secondary student. Johana is currently taking pre-requisite courses so that she can apply for UA Cossatot's PTA program.
Johana Martinez said, "1 Peter 5:7 is a verse in the bible that says to cast all your cares on him because he cares for you! This verse and this opportunity to get in-state tuition is evidence that God is taking care of me and all of my fellow DACA recipients”.
Under Act 844 of the 2019 Arkansas General Assembly, a student may be classified in-state for purposes of tuition and fees if the student satisfies one of the following requirements:
(a) The student personally holds or is the child of a person who holds a Federal Form I-766 United States Citizenship and Immigration Services-issued Employment Authorization Document, known popularly as a work permit;
(b) The student has verified that he or she is a resident legally present in Arkansas and has immigrated from the Republic of the Marshall Islands; or
(c) (i) The student's request for an exemption under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals has been approved by the United States Department of Homeland Security. (ii) The student's exemption shall not be expired or shall have been renewed.
In addition, the student must satisfy both of the following requirements:
(a) Resided in this state for at least three (3) years at the time the student applies for admission to a state-supported institution of higher education; and
(b) Either: (i) Graduated from a public or private high school in this state; or (ii) Received a high school equivalency diploma in this state.
UA Cossatot has been named a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) by the U.S. Department of Education. The college is also the first and only Hispanic-Serving Institution in the state of Arkansas.
According to UA Cossatot Chancellor Dr. Steve Cole, “Our community has been involved in getting this law changed for many years and we are so thankful that our state now has this legislation. ACT 844 is a life-changing law and, for our diverse community, it will open thousands of doors”.
DACA students who would like to learn more about receiving in-state tuition can contact Student Services at 870-584-4471.