April 17, 2019

Denver, CO – The Colorado State Senate today voted 21-to-13 with 1 excused to pass HB19-1196, Financial Aid for Students with In-state Tuition, a bill sponsored by Senator Dominick Moreno (D-Commerce City) to make it easier for students in Colorado to afford higher education. The bill now heads to Governor Jared Polis’ desk to be signed into law.

“I know from firsthand experience how important scholarship programs are in making higher education affordable for Colorado families,” said Senator Moreno. “That’s why I’m proud we took this step to expand them to undocumented students in our state. This access to education will help make sure that everyone, regardless of background or circumstances, has the opportunity to learn and succeed.”

Currently, students without lawful immigration status can already be eligible for in-state tuition at Colorado institutions of higher education if they meet specific requirements. This bill will make these students eligible for certain financial assistance programs that are offered by the Department of Higher Education.For more information about HB19-1196, please visit https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb19-1196.