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Attorney General John Suthers: Metro State College Of Denver's Undocumented Immigrant Student Tuition Rate Is Illegal

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Attorney General John Suthers says Metropolitan State College of Denver's new lower tuition rate for undocumented immigrant students is against the law.
Attorney General John Suthers says Metropolitan State College of Denver's new lower tuition rate for undocumented immigrant students is against the law.

DENVER -- Officials at a Denver college are scheduled to talk to Colorado lawmakers about a tuition rate they set for illegal immigrants that the state's Republican attorney general says is against the law.

Metropolitan State College of Denver's decision this month has drawn criticism from Republicans who rejected Democrats' legislation this session that also sought to make higher education less expensive for illegal immigrants.

The Joint Budget Committee is scheduled to talk with Metro State about the new rate Wednesday.

Attorney General John Suthers issued an opinion Tuesday, saying Metro State's unilateral decision is "not supported by governing law." He says lawmakers must decide whether to provide the benefit to illegal immigrants.

The new tuition rate lets certain illegal immigrants attend college at about $3,578 per semester. That's about half what they'd pay under the nonresident rate.

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