Monday will mark the state of a controversial new school year for Metro State University of Denver. The University will begin allowing undocumented students to pay a reduced tuition.
Metro State's board of trustees approved the program in June. It allows undocumented students to pay about half the tuition out of state students pay.
Pierson is among those who will be taking advantage of the program.
"It's my big day," Pierson said. "It's the first time I'm going to pay for school so I have to take advantage of it."
Students who take part in the program have to meet several guidelines. Students have to prove they've been in Colorado for at least three years and are actively seeking citizenship.
Former Republican Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo is among the outspoken opponents of the program. He called the program politically motivated and said he's going to take legal action.
"As long as you've got laws and you've got borders, enforce them," Tancredo said.
Pierson admitted she has something to prove. She's lived in America since she was 8-years-old.
"I grew up in this country, and I will say it's my country too. I want to help. I want to contribute. I just want an opportunity," she said.
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