University System of NH Under Attack Again

CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE – Representative Mary Stuart Gile, Democratic Policy Leader on the House Education issued the following statement on the passage of the committee of conference report on HB 1383, which requires every student admitted to the University System of NH (USNH) after December 31, 2012 and receiving the in-state rate of tuition to execute an affidavit attesting he or she is a legal resident of the United States.

“Whether or not a student or anyone is a ‘legal resident of the US’ is a matter of federal law, not state law or University policy,” stated Representative Mary Stuart Gile, Democratic Policy Leader on the House Education Committee.

“HB 1383 is yet another assault on the USNH in this 2011-2012 legislature’s attempt to dismantle NH’s system of public higher education. First, the funding was cut drastically when NH was already last in state support for higher education; second, there was the attempt to eliminate the chancellor’s office making coordination of the system’s four sites next to impossible; and third, HB 1383 which is much more subversive in its intent because it implies ineffective administrative procedures, attacks the integrity of USNH personnel and students and places the USNH admissions offices in a potentially awkward circumstance.”

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