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PCC update: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program

June 30, 2017

June 21, 2017 Message

On June 21, 2017, Pima Community College Chancellor Lee D. Lambert sent a message to the College community regarding the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:


June 29, 2017 Update

There has been much recent news in Arizona about DACA, but one thing is clear, Pima Community College will continue to offer in-state tuition for eligible Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals students for the foreseeable future.

Pima Community College, along with Maricopa Community Colleges and the Arizona Board of Regents, will maintain in-state tuition until a decision is reached by the Arizona Supreme Court on a related lawsuit.

Retaining DACA is good news for many of our students. At Pima and other Arizona colleges, DACA also has allowed students, often called “Dreamers,” to attend at in-state tuition rates. In-state tuition is especially important to students and families paying out of pocket.

However, whether Arizona law allows in-state tuition for DACA students has been the subject of legal action since 2013. Last week, we learned that the Arizona Court of Appeals overturned a 2015 decision by a trial court judge that opened the door to in-state tuition, concluding that Arizona law does not permit in-state tuition for Dreamers.

This week we learned that Maricopa Community Colleges are appealing the latest decision.

On Thursday, PCC Governing Board chairman Mark Hanna issued a memo to Pima faculty and staff, reading in part: “Maricopa Board member Linda Thor called her “yes” vote to appeal the decision “a moral and ethical responsibility to our students.” I couldn’t agree more, and members of the PCC Governing Board certainly applaud Maricopa for its decision.

"The Pima Community College Governing Board fully supports our DACA students’ pursuit of higher education that is accessible and affordable and we are proud of their accomplishments, as we are with all of our students."

Until the case is resolved, there will be no change to tuition rates for DACA students at Pima Community College. Students can find information about financial resources and other support on our website. DACA students are encouraged to take all the next steps toward enrolling for Fall.

Pima Community College remains fully supportive of our DACA students and, indeed, all of our students. PCC is committed to providing a supportive and inclusive environment, celebrating and recognizing our richly diverse community of learners.

We will continue to monitor developments and share important updates.

Lee Lambert
Chancellor