ASSET Bill slashes tuition for children of undocumented immigrants

Last August the Colorado legislature passed a bill called ASSET, which allowed for a recalculation of tuition for state college students according to whether they were born to undocumented immigrants. The bill was a long time in the making, but after six attempts if was finally passed. To qualify for the new rate, students must attend high school in Colorado for three years, must have graduated from a high school in Colorado, and must take action leading to full documented immigrant status. Tuition aid is currently not available for those eligible for the program.

Students who benefit from the bill are delighted to have the opportunity make more of themselves and not remain stuck in jobs that trap the undereducated, and some members of the Board of Regents, like Stephen Ludwig, have gone on record saying that the old system simply did do Colorado any good. Additionally, many students who went through the cycle of having to take time off school to work to pay their tuition, and starting school again only to have to take another semester off to work, can now get the gratification of a continuous education.

The full effect will not begin to become clear for a number of years, until there is enough data to judge whether the program is effective or not.