moneyGetting accepted into college is a daunting challenge for both students and parents alike. Affording the four-year experience is a whole other obstacle. While the average four-year graduate leaves campus with $29,400 in student loan debt, according to a December 2013 report by the Institute for College Access & Success, that number is likely to increase. One reason for the increased burden likely to be borne by American students is that they will be forced to compete against illegal immigrants for admission to public colleges and universities. Sixteen states now allow illegal aliens to attend college at the subsidized in-state tuition rate.

Nearly one-third of states will offer subsidized tuition rates to illegal aliens – many of whom are beneficiaries of President Obama’s enticing DACA amnesty. A number of states are taking the further step of offering financial aid to illegal aliens attending state schools. Additionally, state schools that do not offer taxpayer-funded financial aid are putting illegal aliens and citizens up against each other to compete for privately-funded financial aid.

Texas, California, Utah, New York, Washington, Illinois, Kansas, New Mexico, Nebraska, Maryland, Connecticut, Colorado, Minnesota, New Jersey, Florida and Oregon have passed in-state tuition laws that give any illegal alien who has a general education degree or who has completed three consecutive years of high school to get discounts on schooling. Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Delaware are currently considering implementing these measures.

As the southern border surge continues to bring thousands of new illegal aliens into the country, the number of those looking to attend college will only grow, putting more pressure on states to offer tuition benefits and assistance.

A taxpayer subsidized college education is no longer viewed as a privilege in America. Enormous subsidies are now viewed as a right by illegal aliens who feel as entitled to limited public resources as Americans who have worked hard and followed the law.

It’s appalling that state legislators are putting the demands of illegal aliens above the needs of citizens. While state officials enforce protocols to prevent out-of-state residents from falsely claiming they reside in a different state in order to receive in-state tuition, some state legislators have created loopholes in order to accommodate illegal aliens and protect the economic, social and political hierarchies of their economies. Illegal immigrants cannot be blamed for wanting a better life with more opportunity; the politicians and big business are the ones allowing them the freedoms and privileges they have come ready to receive.