Denver, CO – Earlier this morning, an historic stand was taken by the Metropolitan State College of Denver Board of Trustees, who voted 7-1 to pass a new tuition rate for undocumented students. The Board’s vote comes one month after Republican legislators blocked a tuition-equity bill at the Capitol and represents a landmark victory for the Higher Education Access Alliance and its members, who for years have pushed for tuition-equity legislation for undocumented students in the state.
“This historic vote opens up a world of opportunity for undocumented students in Colorado, a world that used to be much more limited,” said Yamili Quezada, a youth leader for Padres & Jóvenes Unidos.
Metro State’s new lower tuition rate will increase access to higher education for undocumented students and families across Colorado, and is estimated to benefit hundreds of college students throughout the state.
The new rate takes effect this fall and will allow undocumented students to pay $7,157 per year as full-time students. This compares to $15,985 for out-of-state tuition and $4,304 for in-state tuition. Undocumented students will now pay $3,358.30 per semester as full-time students, more than 50% less than the current out-of-state rate.
Padres & Jóvenes Unidos thanks Metro State President Dr. Stephen Jordan and the Board of Trustees for taking a brave and leading role in the struggle to advance the rights of undocumented students. As colleges and universities watch from across the country, Metro State’s actions represent a landmark achievement in the struggle for full equality – politically, racially, and economically – for all undocumented people in the United States.
Padres & Jóvenes Unidos is a multi-issue organization led by people of color who work for educational excellence, racial justice for youth, immigrant rights and quality healthcare for all.
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