Tuition For Colorado Illegal Immigrants Gets Initial Nod

DENVER (AP) – Democratic lawmakers gave initial approval to a bill letting Colorado illegal immigrants qualify for college tuition that’s lower than the out-of-state rate.

The bill passed a Senate committee Thursday on a party-line vote with Republicans against. It’s expected to clear the full Senate. A bigger challenge will be the Republican-led House.

Senate Bill 15 is the sixth time Colorado lawmakers have debated what benefits illegal immigrant students should receive.

The bill gives colleges the option of creating a third tuition category for illegal immigrant students who have graduated from a state high school after. The students also must sign an affidavit saying they are seeking legal status.

Tuition for illegal immigrants would be a bit higher than the in-state rate, but lower than out-of-state.

LINK: Senate Bill 15

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