What an eventful few weeks we have had...
It all began back on June 7th when the Metro State Board of Trustees voted to create a new non-resident tuition rate for students who had attended at least three years of high school in Colorado, graduated or gotten a GED and were in good legal standing except for their undocumented status.
The move seemed to make sense - for Metro State, for the students and for our State.
But, on June 19th the Attorney General weighed in with his legal opinion that Metro State's new tuition rate was illegal because it would offer a public benefit to undocumented students which is illegal based of State and Federal law.
Yesterday, Metro State's President Dr. Jordan went in front of the Joint Budget Committee (you can hear the one hour hearing here) and stated that his legal team will take the AG's opinion into consideration but believe they were on sound legal ground to create the new non-resident tuition rate. He also stated that he expected the Board of Trustees will meet in a special meeting to review the AG's opinion and re-group.
We will keep you informed about when Metro State will meet so that we can show them our support but in the meantime please go on their facebook page and leave a message of thanks and support.
Thank Metro State for their support on their Facebook page by clicking here
Then, in the middle of all of this, last Friday President Obama announced that DREAMers will be able to apply for work permits and receive relief from deportation. You can read more about his announcement here. We will bring you more information as the details become available but we encourage you to reach out to our Coalition Partners: Together Colorado, CIRC or Padres y Jovenes Unidos to learn more about President Obama's program and how to participate.
Together Colorado - http://www.togethercolorado.org/
CIRC - http://www.coloradoimmigrant.org/
Padres y Jovenes Unidos- http://www.padresunidos.org/
While President Obama's announcement was a great first step we must all continue fighting for the DREAM Act, which would create a path to citizenship and for Colorado ASSET to make higher education affordable across the State.
Metro State Application Deadline is Next Friday for the Fall Semester!
STUDENTS: If you would like to attend Metro State you still have until June 29th at 5pm to apply. Click here for their online application that you need to fill out. Students wanting to take advantage of the new tuition rate should just fill out the Undergraduate Domestic Student application, all of the normal admission standards apply.
For additional information on admissions and general questions you can contact Cynthia Armendariz, Associated Director of Admissions/ Recruitment Services at 303-556-3058 or send an email to email@example.com
You can keep up with what the media is saying about all of this action by looking at our website www.ColoradoAsset.com and clicking on the Media tab and then news clips. You can also see interviews with all of our great students who we owe a big thank you to for sharing their stories with the media.
View Recent Media Clips by Clicking Here
Stay tuned through out the summer as we send updates on all of the exciting changes going on with Metro State and President Obama's announcement as well as plans to introduce Colorado ASSET during the 2013 session.