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California Supreme Court To Rule On Illegal Immigrant College Tuition

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The campus at University of California at Berkeley. (CBS)

FRESNO (AP) – California’s Supreme Court will decide whether illegal immigrants must pay higher tuition at state universities.

The court heard arguments Tuesday in Fresno challenging a 2002 law that says anyone graduating from a California high school— regardless of their immigration status—can pay in-state tuition.  At the University of California, that’s $11,300 a year.

UC students from out of state pay $34,000 a year.

More than 40 out-of-state students from UC and other public colleges claim the statute violates federal immigration law.

Their attorney, Kris Kobach, is suing to force illegal immigrants to pay out-of-state rates. Kobach also was the chief drafter of Arizona’s tough new laws against illegal immigrants.

The court’s expected to rule within 90 days.

(© 2010 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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