Tuition for illegal immigrants to be debated in CO

Lawmakers are debating whether Colorado illegal immigrants who graduate from state high schools should qualify for college tuition that’s lower than the out-of-state amount.

A Senate committee led by Democrats will hear the proposal Thursday and decide whether it should move forward. The Democratic bill would a separate tuition category that is a bit higher that in-state tuition but lower than out-of-state tuition. Illegal immigrant students would qualify if they sign an affidavit saying they are seeking legal status and they graduated from a state school after attending for at least three years.

The bill gives colleges the ability to opt-out of creating the separate tuition category. Senate Bill 15 is expected to have a hard time in the Republican-controlled House if it reaches there.