Metro State’s president today proposed a system that would pave the way for a reduced tuition rate for undocumented students. The proposal would create a non-resident, unsubsidized tuition rate that would help students who cannot prove citizenship but who meet certain criteria. This will differ from previous criteria in that it is based on the student’s residency status and not their parents.
“(It is) an attempt to adopt broad legislation that gives these students the ability to have in-state resident tuition, or some form of subsidy, from the state of Colorado,” President Steve Jordan said this afternoon at a Metro Board of Trustees committee meeting.
To qualify for the proposed Colorado High School/GED Tuition Rate, students must have attended a Colorado high school for at least three years; graduated from a Colorado high school or received a general equivalency diploma; and provide a statement that they are in good legal standing and seeking or intend to seek lawful status. The Colorado Legislature struck down a similar provision, the Asset Bill, in the 2012 session.
The Board of Trustees will meet at 9 a.m., Thursday to vote on the proposed changes in Tivoli 320. They will also consider an overall nine percent tuition increase for in-state students and merging the Journalism and Technical Communications Departments. A full schedule can be found online.