Tuition For CO Illegal Immigrants Gets Initial Nod

By: AP
By: 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.

Online: Senate Bill 15: http://goo.gl/w67ad


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  • by Asking Location: Pueblo on Jan 29, 2012 at 08:09 AM
    Where are they going to work if they are ILLEGAL? If I go to Mexico without papers will I get special tuition, or just thrown in JAIL?
  • by Amped Location: COS on Jan 29, 2012 at 07:56 AM
    I just read the affidavit, the requirements to qualify for such tuition is pretty hefty. I would be surprised if more than a handful of applicants would meet the criterion per year. It's funny to see the reaction of people on here who obviously did not read the bill in the provided link or were too stupid to understand the criteria to even get such a tuition.
  • by ct Location: cs on Jan 28, 2012 at 02:01 PM
    COLORADO IS A KEY STATE IN THE NEXT ELECTION. REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER JUST WHAT THE PAST 4 YEARS HAVE BEEN LIKE; THE FREEDOMS WE'VE LOST; OUR TAX $$'S WASTED ON BANKRUPT GREEN ENERGY PLANTS THAT ARE BIG DEM DONORS....3 SO FAR. REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER..CAN'T BE SAID LOUDER OR OFTEN ENOUGH...YES, I'M SHOUTING FROM MY ROOFTOP!!
  • by Mayor Ryan on Jan 28, 2012 at 10:13 AM
    Government involved in education - prices go up. Ron Paul has been right all along. Have you woken up yet? The welfare state can't last much longer.
  • by Alix Location: COS on Jan 27, 2012 at 07:14 PM
    I don't get it. No ID to vote. No official verification that candidates can legally be on the ballot. In-state tuition rate for illegal aliens. Undocumented citizens or whatever. Deport the politicians who support this diaper load. Now, if children were brought here by their parents, give the kids a path to citizenship such as 5 years of military service or something. But, no benefits that legal citizens get no matter how much their parents pay in taxes until the are legal citizens. The parents: they need to go and do the process right.
  • by Ashley on Jan 27, 2012 at 05:18 PM
    Annie Mosity, Tons more people are going to college, the enrollment rates are through the roof right now and they keep raising the tuition rates still. It will only get worse when people can't pay the loans. This effects the government more because they give out the federal loans and as more and more people default on those loan the rates go up for the people still in college. The illegals don't make money on paper because they can't legally work therefore they will be getting grants(money that doesn't have to be paid back). That makes less grants for LEGAL citizens. The colleges get their money if a person applies for a loan even if they default on it, not paying back loans hurts the government.
  • by Brian Location: Monument on Jan 27, 2012 at 04:50 PM
    If they are illegal Immigrants the only thing they should get is a jail cell OR immediate deportation. The US has an immigration policy requiring proper procedures to follow. When they are not followed that is what is called in illegal immigrant. They should be deported immediately.
  • by cr Location: cs on Jan 27, 2012 at 02:17 PM
    Read between the lines about who voted for this: DEMOCRATS! Remember in November!
  • by Andy Location: Co. Springs on Jan 27, 2012 at 12:57 PM
    If they are illegal why are they here in the first place???????
  • by Annie Mosity on Jan 27, 2012 at 12:37 PM
    It's not free college, they have to pay. The colleges are struggling like everyone else these days. More students means more tuition. I think the intention was to prop up the state schools as much as anything. I don't think they expected this much animosity though.
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