April 22, 2013
Governor chooses MSU Denver for ASSET signing
Gov. John Hickenlooper has chosen to sign the historic ASSET (Advancing Students for a Strong Economy Tomorrow) bill at MSU Denver, signaling his acknowledgement of the role the University played in the bill’s passage.
The ceremony will be held on Monday, April 29, at 1 p.m. in the Student Success Building lobby. A reception with the Higher Education Action Alliance (HEAA) will follow the signing.
The ASSET bill allows qualified undocumented Colorado high school graduates to attend any public Colorado university or college for the in-state tuition rate. MSU Denver was the first higher education institution in Colorado to support the bill and the only one to consistently testify in favor of its passage, most recently on January 24.
“We are honored that the governor selected our University to hold the bill-signing ceremony,” says MSU Denver President Stephen Jordan. “We have heard from several state leaders that our years of support for ASSET, which culminated in the Board of Trustees voting to offer our special Colorado High School/GED Nonresident Tuition Rate, had an influence on the outcome of this year’s vote after so many failed attempts.”
The University’s special tuition rate was instituted for the fall 2012 semester and received the endorsement of key people including U.S. Reps. Jared Polis and Diana DeGette.
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