The North Carolina "One State, One Rate" Campaign

We, as students, alumni, faculty and staff, believe it is time that the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation's first public university, granted in-state tuition for undocumented students.

Currently, undocumented students who attend any UNC system school are charged out-of-state tuition even if they have lived in North Carolina for the majority of their life.

We believe that an inclusive university demands that we give all North Carolinians an equal opportunity to continue their education.

Think of our state’s future scientists, business leaders, educators and doctors.

It says a lot when the University of California at Berkeley, University of California at Los Angeles and University of Michigan at Ann Arbor — three of our four “top public peers” — all offer in-state tuition to undocumented students.

Seventeen states, including Kansas, Nebraska, Texas and Utah, already, offer in-state tuition for undocumented students.

This is an educational issue — people from across the political spectrum support tuition equality for undocumented students.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush — both Republicans — as well as New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, an Independent, all support tuition equality.

It’s time the University did the same.

Important student voices at UNC-Chapel Hill, including the The Daily Tar Heel, Campus Y and Student Congress, all support granting in-state tuition for undocumented students.

The late Charles Kuralt famously said: "No, our love for this place is based on the fact that it is, as it was meant to be, the University of the people."

We believe doing so is not just the correct thing to do but is The Carolina Way. We care for others. We believe in the goodness of people and their ability to persevere.

Let’s be on the right side of history and grant in-state tuition to undocumented students.

We challenge 1,000 Tar Heels to sign this petition for tuition equality.

-- The North Carolina "One State, One Rate" Campaign

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