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Out-of-state tuition could be waived for immigrant college students

February 22, 2005
By: Victor Roberto
State Capital Bureau
Links: SB 296

St. Louis Sen. Maida Coleman says she wants to make it easier for immigrants to pay for college in Missouri.

Victor Roberto has more from the state Capitol.

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Sen. Coleman's bill would waive out-of-state tuition for students that aren't U.S. citizens.

Immigrants who graduate after completing at least two years of high school would be eligible for in-state tuition.

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Contents: If a person reaches the age of 18 and wants to go to our colleges here, my desire for this piece of legislation would be is that as long as they are not, in themselves, illegal...that they have that right.

Coleman says Missouri should allow immigrant students easier access to higher education.

From the state Capitol, I'm Victor Roberto.

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Sen. Maida Coleman is sponsoring a bill that would save illegal immigrants money on their college education.

Victor Roberto has more from the state Capitol.

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Sen. Coleman's bill would make immigrants living in Missouri eligible for in-state tuition, as long as they finished two years of Missouri high school.

Sen. Coleman presented the bill to the Senate Education Committee Tuesday.

But not all senators are enthusiastic about the bill.

St. Louis Senator John Loudon says the bill treats all immigrants the same, regardless of their status.

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Contents: I think it's insulting to all the people who come over here legally and go through all the legal channels...and do things right...to be treated no differently than the people who come in illegally and aren't following the rules.

Loudon says immigrants who don't pay Missouri taxes shouldn't be eligible for in-state tuition.

From the state Capitol, I'm Victor Roberto.