GOP Delegates Fight In-State Tuition Rates for Non-Resident Volunteers

By Daniel Menefee

For Maryland Reporter

A bill that would give in-state tuition rates to AmeriCorp volunteers who’ve served all their hours in Maryland passed the House of Delegates, 86-50, on Thursday in a party line vote.

Republicans objected that residents could be bumped from admission to Maryland colleges to give in-state slots to non-residents.

Del. Herb McMillan, R-Anne Arundel, said the ratio of instate to out-of-state student’s doesn’t change under the bill so the availability of in-state slots would become more limited and force colleges to choose between an AmeriCorp worker or a legal resident.

“If you let an AmeriCorp student become an in-state student they can make up the difference with guess what, your kid,” McMillan said.