Bipartisan Support for Colorado Scholars Program

(May 1) – The House voted 59-4 today to approve a bill to encourage our state colleges and universities to recruit top-tier Colorado students.

HB13-1320, sponsored by Majority Leader Dickey Lee Hullinghorst (D-Boulder) and Minority Leader Mark Waller (R-Colorado Springs), allows state institutions of higher education to double-count Colorado Scholars for purposes of meeting the requirement that at least 55 percent of incoming freshmen and not less than two-thirds of total student enrollment be Colorado residents.

The bill will encourage recruitment of Colorado Scholars, who receive merit-based scholarships. Increased numbers of Colorado Scholars will support academic excellence and increase revenues for state colleges and universities, because out-of-state students pay a higher tuition rate.

“It’s a win for our students and a win for our colleges and universities, and I was pleased to join with Minority Leader Waller in bringing the bill,” Rep. Hullinghorst said.

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