Monday afternoon, Governor Hickenlooper made history again. He signed into law a bill that allows certain people who are not Americans to get in-state tuition at higher education in our state. This new law was approved in the legislature as the ASSET bill. That stands for Advancing Students for a Stronger Economy Tomorrow.
Here are some of the specifics of this new law. Students are required to have attended a Colorado high school for three years. They also have to apply to a college in our state within 12 months. These grads also have to been in Colorado continuously for 18 month to receive the in-state tuition rate.
Another key point of this legislation is that students have to sign an affidavit stating they have applied for lawful presence or will soon.
I went to Pikes Peak Community College to find out how students feel about it. Those I spoke with told me they don't be grudge anyone an education and a chance to do better for their futures. Angela Salazar told me, "I feel they should pay out of state because they are out of country." Dustin Apodaca said, "I don't think it's fair." Christina Genosha said, "Why should they get in-state tuition if they are not supposed to be here in the first place." Jessica Schilling is a student and a former U.S. Army veteran. She told me, "I can't even get tuition assistance because they say I make too much money. I would like to see everyone get the right to be a citizen but if you are not a citizen you shouldn't get rights above people who are."
Colorado joins 13 other states that have a similar in-state tuition law in place for those living illegally in America.