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DENVER - The Colorado Senate approved allowing illegal immigrant students to pay in-state tuition at state colleges in a 20-13 voice vote Friday.
The bill would cover students who've:
Attended a Colorado high school for at least three years
Been admitted to a state college within a year of graduation
Applied for citizenship
This would affect an estimated 700 students annually.
The way the system currently stands, illegal immigrants are not eligible for state need-based financial aid. Backers have dubbed the bill the "asset act," or the "advancing students for a stronger economy tomorrow." Democrats argue the bill will help create a more-educated workforce and would give more money to higher education. They estimate that total to be around $1.28 million.
Republicans who oppose the bill fear the bill would provide incentive for immigrant sot come to the country illegally and will lead to higher operating costs at colleges.