Colorado immigrant tuition law draws new students

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) -- State economists say more than 500 students who were brought into the country without legal permission are expected to receive in-state tuition at Colorado colleges this fall.

Until this year, students without U.S. citizenship qualified for the nonresident rate, which often is more than three times the in-state rate. In April, Colorado became the 14th state to allow immigrants who graduate from state high schools to attend colleges at the lower rate.

Linda Medina, brought to Denver from Mexico at age 6, is one of about 10 students expected to attend Colorado State University this fall as the first to qualify for in-state tuition under the new law. Medina was her high school's valedictorian this year.

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