Colleges push tuition aid for illegal immigrants

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WASHINGTON -- A group of colleges and universities is wading into the politically charged immigration debate.

The College Board is urging Congress to give illegal immigrants tuition aid and a path to citizenship in light of efforts in several states to block them.

The group of 5,000 schools is best known for its SAT college admission tests. It released a report today that cites a need for federal legislation that would open up in-state college tuition, financial aid and legal status to many illegal immigrants in the United States.

South Carolina bans illegal immigrants from enrolling at any of its public colleges, and Alabama blocks them from its two-year colleges. Missouri and Virginia are also considering laws that deny enrollment.

At least four states -- Arizona, Georgia, Oklahoma, and Colorado -- prohibit illegal immigrants from paying in-state tuition rates.

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