Thursday, the Senate Education Committee passed SB 126, also known as Colorado ASSET. The debate showed Republican legislators conflicted on the issue and Democrats ardently in support.
The bill provides in-state tuition to students who attended and graduated Colorado high schools and are accepted within a year of their graduation to a Colorado college. They would not receive Colorado Opportunity Fund dollars, which provides $62 per credit hour for Colorado residents who are documented citizens.
Sen. Rollie Heath, D-Boulder, opined on the need for students to receive in-state tuition because of the threat of Chinese economic domination. While Republican Senator Nancy Spence said that she is supportive of children but does not want to turn them into criminals when they graduate college and apply for jobs illegally.
Part of the provision of the bill is that students taking advantage of in-state tuition would be required to sign an affidavit of their intent to file for legal status.