Act will save money


October 08, 2012|by Annie Linskey

Giving some illegal immigrants more access to higher education in Maryland could mean an extra $5 million a year for the state government, according to a new cost-benefit study by the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

The study found that the net benefit to local, state and federal government could be as high as $25 million. And it estimated an additional $41 million a year in private sector benefits.

An analysis by the non-partisan Department of Legislative Affairs found that the Dream Act would cost the state about $3.5 million a year. The law, which will be on the Nov. 6 ballot, allows some illegal immigrants in Maryland to pay in-state tution at colleges and universities. Students have to show that their parents have filed income taxes.

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Researchers assumed that about 185 students who would have dropped out of high school would instead graduate because of the Dream Act. They assume that a total of 435 will use the Dream Act to attend college.

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