Students who took summer classes at Northern Essex Community College or enrolled before the state’s new Tuition Equity law took effect may be entitled to refunds.
The law allows in-state tuition and fees for undocumented students who have attended high school in Massachusetts for at least three years and either graduated from a high school in the state or attained the equivalent.
A month after Gov. Maura Healey celebrated the Tuition Equity Law on the Northern Essex Community College Lawrence Campus, the state Department of Higher Education released new guidelines to determine which students qualify for the program. Because the law is retroactive to July 1, Northern Essex President Lane A. Glenn said some students who are currently enrolled or took classes over the summer could be entitled to a refund.
“If you are an enrolled student and previously were not eligible for in-state tuition or state financial aid, but, after applying and being assessed, you are now determined to be eligible under the new Tuition Equity Law, you may be eligible to have your account credited,” Glenn noted.
Students are advised to contact the financial aid office and complete the application process to determine eligibility.