School's Board of Trustees votes 7 to 1 to create a tuition category that is 58% lower than the out-of-state rate now paid by students who are illegally in the country.
The Board of Trustees for Metro State College of Denver voted 7 to 1 on Thursday to approve a third tier of tuition for students who are illegal immigrants.
Those students have had to pay expensive, out-of-state tuition in order to attend school. They'll now have a rate that's about 58 percent lower than out-of-state tuition but higher than the regular in-state tuition rate.
The proposal was similar to a bill that failed in the last session of the State Legislature. Trustee Jack Pogge voted against the tuition change because he felt the issue should be addressed by state lawmakers. In public testimony, only one person spoke against the proposal.
Many students, including those directly impacted by the tuition break, jammed the hearing room. They praised the board for taking a courageous step.