DENVER - Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper signed legislation Monday to grant in-state tuition for students in the country illegally who graduate from Colorado high schools.
The in-state rate is one-third the amount out-of-state students pay.
It's called the ASSET bill, which stands for Advancing Students for a Stronger Economy Tomorrow.
To qualify for in-state tuition under the new law, the students are required to have attended a Colorado high school for three years and have to apply to a college in our state within 12 months. Graduates who have been in Colorado continuously for 18 months are also eligible to receive the in-state tuition rate.
Students also have to sign an affidavit stating they have applied for lawful presence or will soon.
The signing ceremony Monday afternoon came a decade after lawmakers first tried to pass the measure, which in the past has been opposed by both parties. This year, Democrats unanimously supported the bill and a handful of Republicans joined them.
At the bill signing event, students at Metropolitan State University of Denver detailed how they see this new law helping their own college experience.
Thirteen states already allow in-state tuition for students living illegally in the U.S. This month, a proposal in Oregon was signed into law.