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Wednesday January 16, 2013

In-State Tuition Legislation for Undocumented Students Gets Its 7th Try in Colorado

In-State Tuition Legislation for Undocumented Students Gets Its 7th Try in Colorado

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Advocates for in-state tuition for undocumented students in Colorado are hoping that the seventh time is the charm.  The current bill introduced to the state’s legislature calls for students that have graduated from local public high schools or have attended school in the state for at least three years to qualify for in-state discounted tuition rates even if they are undocumented.

The bill in some form or another has come before legislators six times before in the last six years.  Advocates are confident of victory this time since Democrats control both the Senate and House in the state.  Most Colorado Republicans remain opposed to the measure. 

Advocates held a press conference yesterday announcing the introduction of Senate Bill 13-033 formally known as the ‘Advancing Students for a Stronger Economy Tomorrow’ (ASSET).  The bill has 31 prime and cosponsors from both state houses and they are all Democrats.  The Mayor of Denver, Michael Hancock, is also a supporter.

If the measure is successful, Colorado would join California, Maryland and Texas that provide some form of in-state tuition support for undocumented students.