Today, the “Colorado ASSET” bill, which will allow all qualified Colorado resident high school graduates to attend college at in-state tuition rates, is expected to pass its first test in the Colorado Senate Education Committee.
There is a great deal of misinformation being put out about this important legislation by opponents, and we as progressives have an obligation to help set the record straight. Here are some basic facts about Senate Bill 13-033: learn the truth, then contact your Colorado Senator and urge them to SUPPORT this important bill.
The Facts About ASSET
The fact is, we have already invested thousands educating all of the children who will benefit from Senate Bill 13-033. We have invested in their K-12 education, and these students have responded by succeeding academically in Colorado schools. By providing a path to these bright students to continue their studies, all we’re doing is following through on an investment we’ve already made.
Colorado has a constitutional obligation, backed by a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, to provide a K-12 education to every child in our state regardless of their documentation or immigration status. It therefore makes no sense to create barriers for children who have demonstrated academic success in Colorado schools to completing their education. By making college an attainable goal for all Colorado students, ASSET will increase revenue for our cash-strapped institutions of higher education.
Remember, Colorado ASSET will only allow the children affected by the bill to pay in-state tuition at Colorado colleges and universities provided they can meet the following criteria:
- The student must have already attended a Colorado public or private high school for a minimum of 3 years.
- The student must have graduated from a public or private high school in Colorado, or received their general equivalency diploma (GED)—here in Colorado.
And of course, the student must meet all of the academic requirements and be admitted to a Colorado institution of higher education.
Many of the currently undocumented students who would benefit from Colorado ASSET are already working their way through the U.S. immigration system and are able to be legally employed. All other students who might benefit are required to seek lawful presence as soon as possible.
Please help us spread the truth about this important legislation. Click here to send a message to your Colorado Senator right now, urging them to support the Colorado ASSET bill. And forward this message to all of your friends and neighbors so they can get the facts as well.
Thank you. This is legislation that I expect to pass with at least some bipartisan support, but it’s critical that we as progressives do everything we can to educate our friends and neighbors, and dispel misinformation. I support Colorado ASSET because it’s the right thing to do, and the right thing for Colorado’s competitiveness in a global economy.
And working together, our great state is going to take this positive step.
Read the full text of the Colorado ASSET bill as introduced here.