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SB13-033: In-state Classification CO High School Completion

Bill Number: SB13-033
Year: 2013
ACLU Position: Support
Sponsors: Williams, Duran/Johnston, Giron


The bill requires an institution of higher education (institution) in Colorado to classify a student as an in-state student for tuition purposes if the student:

  • Attends a public or private high school in Colorado for atleast 3 years immediately preceding graduation or completion of a general equivalency diploma (GED) in Colorado; and
  • Is admitted to a Colorado institution or attends an institution under a reciprocity agreement.

In addition to the above requirements, a student who does not have lawful immigration status must submit an affidavit stating that the student has applied for lawful presence or will apply as soon as he or she is able to do so. These students shall not be counted as resident students for any other purpose, but are eligible for the college opportunity fund stipend pursuant to the provisions of that program, and may be eligible for institutional or other financial aid.

The bill creates an exception to the requirement of admission to an institution within 12 months after graduating or completing a GED for certain students who either graduated or completed a GED prior to a certain date and who have been continuously present in Colorado for a specified period of time prior to enrolling in an institution.

The bill exempts persons receiving educational services or benefits from institutions of higher education from providing any required documentation of lawful presence in the United States.

Current Status:

02/25/2013 - Senate Third Reading Passed
03/08/2013 - House Third Reading Passed
02/20/2013 - Senate Second Reading Laid Over with Amendments to 02/22/2013
02/22/2013 - Senate Second Reading Passed
01/24/2013 - Senate Committee on Education Refer Unamended to Appropriations
04/29/2013 - Governor Action - Signed
04/23/2013 - Signed by the President of the Senate

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