If all the conditions for children of illegal immigrants to receive in-state college tuition rates are met — including graduating from a Maryland high school, having parents who pay their taxes and three years of residency in the state — then there is no reason such students should pay more for their college education.
It's only when these conditions are not met that we end up penalizing out-of-state and foreign students, and overburden the taxpayers who support the state's two- and four-year colleges.
Unfortunately, education is not free. At the university level, it is a privilege that should not be abused by those who don't deserve it.
Nelson Marans, Silver SpringCopyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun