SB 33, the ASSET bill, which grants undocumented Colorado high school graduates in-state tuition at state colleges and universities, is headed to Gov. John Hickenlooper following a 40-21 state House vote on Friday. The Colorado Senate passed the bill last month.
Hickenlooper is expected to sign the measure, capping a decade of efforts by proponents to extend in-state tuition to undocumented students who now must pay the higher rate charged to residents of other states.
President Stephen Jordan testified before Senate and House Committees in favor of the bill, reflecting MSU Denver’s longstanding support for ASSET as well as its adoption of the Colorado/GED Non-resident Tuition Rate. He also spoke at the Jan. 15 news conference at the state Capitol on the day the bill was introduced.
“Many legislators told me that MSU Denver’s special tuition rate provided stimulus for passing the ASSET bill,” Jordan says.
The bill allows undocumented students to pay in-state tuition if they meet the following criteria:
– The student must attend a Colorado public or private high school for a minimum of 3 years.
– The student must graduate from a public or private high school in Colorado or obtain a general equivalency diploma (GED) in Colorado.
– The student must apply and be admitted to a Colorado institution of higher education.
– The student must submit an affidavit stating that he or she has applied for lawful presence or will apply as soon as he or she is able to do so.
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