Illegal immigrants in Colorado are closer to getting in-state tuition rates, as long as they seek citizenship.
Parents are contributing 32 percent less for tuition over the past two years. That means students have to be creative with saving money and earning scholarships and financial aid.
State auditors say Colorado college students are paying more for higher education now than they did when lawmakers approved a stipend program to fund students instead of institutions before the last recession.
A Denver college’s move to establish a special tuition rate for illegal immigrant students has spiraled into a legal fight involving the state’s attorney general.
Colorado Attorney General John Suthers says the Metropolitan State College of Denver does not have legal authority to create a discounted tuition category for illegal immigrants.
The Colorado Attorney General’s office is reviewing a discounted tuition rate for illegal immigrant students set by the Metropolitan State College of Denver – a debate that has divided state lawmakers for years.
Metro State College of Denver trustees passed a plan that gives illegal immigrants a 58 percent tuition break. One state lawmaker said the college may lose funding as a result.
Senate Democrats approved legislation that would allow illegal immigrants in Colorado attend college at a discounted tuition rate.
The University of Colorado is looking at ways it can increase the tuition benefits it makes available to its faculty and staff so the school can compete with what other colleges provide.
Colorado State University is considering a 20 percent tuition increase for in-state undergraduate students this fall to help deal with a $23 million cut in state funding.