At the Admission Office I was told that I have to pay the same rate as Foreign students (3 times more than regular rate). Is is correct?
It depends on when the college decides that you became an in-state resident for calculation of tuition. You should read their rules carefully. Some admissions officers don't realize that there are certain categories of people who don't yet have their green cards who may qualify as domiciled in the state. But the rules are different everywhere. Sometimes one school is different from another.
It depends on whether you're attending a public or a private university in Illinois. If it's a public university, we have legislation in Illinois which enables undocumented students to receive in-state tuition as long as you meet certain criteria. You can find more information here http://dreamact.info/students/in-state/illinois. Congrats on continuing your education and best of luck to you!
If, after determining the school's actual policies regarding in-state tuition, you think the school has made a wrong decision or may be discriminating against you, you might consider consulting with the Chicago office of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund ("MALDEF"): http://www.maldef.org/about/offices/midwest/.
My colleagues have given good information, please read the links about Illinois tuition programs. One aspect that often affects student such as yourself is the limitation on who qualifies for Federal Financial Aid, which you access through the FAFSA application. Eligibility for this is more limited than the programs through the State of Illinois.
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