In-State Tuition under the NJ Dream Act
New Jersey residents who are undocumented under U.S. immigration law or who have been approved under DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services may qualify for in-state tuition under NJ Senate Bill 2479, the New Jersey Tuition Equality Act, also referred to as the “New Jersey Dream Act.” Under this law, undocumented students are exempt from paying out-of-state tuition if they meet all of the following criteria:
- Attended a New Jersey high school for three or more years;
- Graduated from a New Jersey high school or received the equivalent of a high school diploma in New Jersey;
- Register as an entering student or are currently enrolled in a public institution of higher education not earlier than the fall semester of the 2013-2014 academic year; and
- In the case of a person without lawful immigration status, file an affidavit with the institution of higher education stating that the student has filed an application to legalize the student’s immigration status or will file an application as soon as the student is eligible to do so.
For more information and instructions for applying for in-state tuition, please visit this site. It is not necessary to contact the International Student & Scholar Services office to apply for in-state tuition.
Note: being granted in-state tuition under the New Jersey Tuition Equality Act does not waive Montclair State University’s International Student fee. The International Student fee is applicable to all Montclair State students except for U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents.