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Tuition equality is gaining momentum nationally

Posted By Jessica Rocha On April 30, 2013 @ 3:42 pm In NC Budget and Tax Center | Comments Disabled

Colorado joined a growing number of states (16 in total) yesterday in recognizing the importance of an affordable post-secondary education to all their residents, regardless of immigration status. The Governor signed legislation [1] that would allow undocumented immigrants who graduate from state high schools the ability to attend state colleges at the in-state tuition rate.

Meanwhile, a similar proposal in North Carolina [2] is languishing in the Rules Committee, which means young people like Marco Cervantes [3] can’t afford college.

Charging the same tuition rates to all residents is a great way to invest in our state [4] and in our future workforce. The higher tuition rate often charged immigrants—in Colorado the out of state rate is three times in-state tuition—is a barrier for many students and a drain on the economy.  That is because it is increasingly necessary to have some kind of post-secondary degree to attain a family-sustaining job and secure middle-class status.

Today is a great day to call your state reps [5] to voice support for HB 904 and in-state tuition equality. Also, sign the petition here [6].

As one of the bill sponsors in Colorado noted:  “in Colorado the doors are open and the dream is alive.”

Can North Carolina say the same thing?

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URLs in this post:

[1] Governor signed legislation: http://www.denverpost.com/lacrosse/ci_23129426/state-tuition-colo-be-signed-into-law

[2] a similar proposal in North Carolina: http://www.ncleg.net/Sessions/2013/Bills/House/PDF/H904v0.pdf

[3] Marco Cervantes: http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/04/27/2852857/full-of-courage-smarts-yet-facing.html

[4] great way to invest in our state: http://letslearn.adelantenc.org/facts/

[5] call your state reps: http://letslearn.adelantenc.org/2013/statewide-phone-in-day-tuesday-april-30/

[6] here: http://letslearn.adelantenc.org/petition/

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