DeGette, Polis praise Metro's immigrant tuition plan

DENVER - Two Democratic members of Colorado's congressional delegation told the Metropolitan State University of Denver that they support the school's decision to allow illegal immigrant students to pay a lower tuition rate than out-of-state residents.

The Denver Post reports that U.S. Reps. Diana DeGette and Jared Polis praised the move in a letter Thursday.

The university's board of trustees approved the new rate in June. It allows illegal immigrants who graduated from Colorado high schools to pay $3,358 per semester, a rate that's lower than the out-of-state rate, but higher than the in-state rate.

Republican Attorney General John Suthers issued an opinion after the board's decision saying that the tuition discount amounts to a "public benefit" that illegal immigrants are not entitled to under state and federal laws.

The university has stood by its decision.