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Connecticut Poised to Become 13th State to Adopt Tuition Equity Legislation

On Tuesday, after nine hours of floor debate, the Connecticut Senate passed legislation granting undocumented students in-state tuition at public colleges and universities. The bill, which passed by a 21-14 margin, now heads to Governor Dannel Malloy who has indicated he will sign it. After the bill’s passage, Malloy said, “This bill isn’t controversial, it’s common sense… Anyone that has a degree from a Connecticut high school should be able to attend a public institution at an in-state rate. That's what I believe.” 

With Malloy’s signature, Connecticut will become the 13th state to adopt tuition equity legislation, joining California, New York, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Utah, Washington, Maryland, Texas, Wisconsin, Illinois, and New Mexico in offering improved access to higher education for talented and aspiring undocumented students. 

The bill had strong support from a broad coalition, including key higher education officials, religious leaders and immigrant advocates. 

"I think this is a compassionate law, trying to give people a leg up,'' said Sen. Beth Bye, co-chair of the legislature's higher education committee. "We can make a difference in the lives of these students."

For an overview of other states who have passed or are considering similar legislation, click here.