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FREMONT, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Recently, the Ohio Board of Regents voted to allow in-state tuition rates for non-immigrant college students. In Fremont, Terra State Community is the first community college to utilize the new law.

On Thursday, the school announced a new policy to allow certain undocumented students to receive the in-state rates.

Undocumented students are generally the children of illegal immigrants who go through the local school system. According to Terra Director of Admissions Kristen Taylor, there are more than 95,000 undocumented students who have graduated from high school or received a GED in the United States.

"And sources say that only about 5-10 percent of these students are actually going on for a higher education," Taylor said.

Most local undocumented students have spent the majority of their lives in Ohio. Taylor says the fact that these students are considered aliens shouldn't be a detriment to their education.

"These students who were brought here illegally, as no fault of their own, have an opportunity," she said. "This is why we call them ‘dreamers.' They have an opportunity to give back."

The in-state rates would save these students up to $1,200 per year, and could ultimately help the local economy.

"We certainly want an educated work force out there," Taylor said. "People who are equipped, can contribute back to the economy. And these individuals have that potential."

To receive the in-state rate, the students must apply for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) though an immigrations lawyer. After that, they will be legally considered non-immigrants.

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