(March 16) – The House voted 49-15 this morning to approve a bill by Reps. Brittany Pettersen and Daneya Esgar to allow in-state tuition for unaccompanied homeless youth. HB16-1100 adds “unaccompanied homeless youth” to the definition of “qualified person” to be defined as resident for tuition purposes at state-supported institutions of higher education.

“These are Colorado kids who already face extraordinary obstacles,” said Rep. Pettersen, D-Lakewood. “I’m proud to have such broad support for a bill that addresses a gap in state law that adversely impacts some of our most vulnerable Colorado kids. This will ensure that kids who want a better life can work towards a brighter future.”

“Colorado kids who are homeless unfairly face out-of-state tuition even in their home state of Colorado,” said Rep. Esgar, D-Pueblo. “This bill rights that wrong and helps these students pursue their goals.”

The bill proceeds to the Senate.

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