I know people of who are in this situation and it's really messed up. I grew up with them, attending elementary school all the way to graduation together. I can't help but feel like there's a sense of hopelessness when they realize that they can't go to college, regardless of the fact that they went through all the steps that someone like me as gone through. In my opinion, in-state tuition is a concern of how long an individual has been in a state not the status of their citizenship. Out of state tuition is a way more expensive debt and it should be pressed into those, typically, are not from the richest families. As far as citizenship, it's not so easy or cheap to gain it. At the very least, these families want to have a future for the child. A few papers shouldn't stop them from that.