(May 17) – Gov. John Hickenlooper joined Rep. Daneya Esgar in Lakewood today to sign her bill to allow in-state tuition rates for unaccompanied homeless youth. HB16-1100 allows “unaccompanied homeless youth” to be defined as residents for tuition purposes at state-supported institutions of higher education.
“On top of all the other obstacles in their lives, homeless youth 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 ensure a brighter and more secure future.”
Generally, unaccompanied homeless youth leave home due to severe family dysfunction, including circumstances that put their safety at risk, or are forced to leave by their parents.
Rep. Esgar was a long-term coordinator for OutFront Youth Group, an LGBT youth group, where she saw firsthand the struggles of teens who have left their homes.
The bill was signed at the Action Center in Lakewood.