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Colo. in-state tuition for illegal immigrants

March 1, 2009

A bill to allow illegal immigrants to qualify for in-state college tuition may have the best chance of passing in years because of the support of some key Colorado Republican businessmen.

The latest effort would allow illegal immigrants who have attended a Colorado high school for at least three years and graduated to get the in-state tuition rate at state colleges and universities. The bill is scheduled to get its first committee hearing Thursday.

Similar bills have been proposed before, but Sen. Chris Romer, D-Denver, said what's different this time is the public backing of some heavy-hitting Republicans in the business community.

This year, Colorado is among five states considering such a law.

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