California will continue to allow to undocumented immigrants to pay in-state tuition rates universities after the Supreme Court rejected a legal challenge to the state's policy.

The justices on Monday refused to review a California Supreme Court ruling that upheld a state law allowing California high school graduates, regardless of their immigration status, to pay in-state tuition rates. The court did not comment on its action.

The law's challengers say it conflicts with federal immigration law that prohibits post-secondary education aid to undocumented immigrants.

Eleven other states grant similar benefits to illegal immigrants. They are: Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin.

Based on reporting by the Associated Press.

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