There could be lower tuition costs for undocumented students in Colorado. The senate passed a bill with that goal two weeks ago and now the house will weigh in.
For now undocumented students in Colorado must pay the out of state costs to get an education in the centennial state. If the bill passes, undocumented students will pay the in-state tuition cost. Paloma Moreno is undocumented and if major new legislation passes the Colorado house tomorrow, those state universities will be more within reach.
Moreno said, "What the Colorado asset bill would do, is it would give me more opportunities for me to go to college because it would provide instate tuition."
She has plans of staying in Colorado for college only if the bill passes, "I would probably not go to school in Colorado because either way the prices for out of state would range around the same amount."
Which Colorado Mesa University's Thomas Acker said would hurt Colorado because these students would have a high school diploma, but would be unable to further their education in Colorado.
Acker said, "Of course tuition dollars they will be contributing. Tax dollars when they get good paying jobs down the road will also contribute to the community."
Republican Steven Crowder told the Denver post that he believes the bill would cost taxpayers, but that it was worth it. This is the 1st time in 7 years that some republicans at the state capitol have supported this bill. A few weeks ago members of the local Hispanic Affairs Project met with representatives Ray Scott and Jared Wright at the capitol.
Nicole Bernal Ruiz is the program director for the Hispanic Affairs Project and she said, "We were just asking for their support, giving them some stories behind the asset bill so that they could put a face with this issue."
While Moreno is optimistic the bill will pass she said, she worries about how documented students will handle the news, "It would be kind of like an insult to kids who aren't from Colorado, but they want to go to school and want in-state tuition."
We left messages for representatives Wright and Scott to see if they expect to support the bill and we haven't heard back from either.
Under the bill, undocumented students would also be required to seek citizenship as soon as possible and apply normally to be accepted to college.