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Board Approves New Undocumented Tuition Rate


Contact: Tim Carroll, Office 303-556-5136, Cell 303-870-7705
Cathy Lucas, Office 303-556-5131, Cell 303-916-1002

Posted: June 7, 2012



(Denver) —  Metropolitan State College of Denver’s Board of Trustees voted at its June 7 meeting to approve the 2012-13 tuition rates for its resident and non-resident students, including the creation of an unsubsidized tuition category: Colorado High School/GED Tuition Rate. Under state law, Metro State has the authority to set tuition rates.

This special rate is for students living in the state of Colorado who through no fault of their own do not have the lawful status to be eligible for resident tuition rates. The new unsubsidized full-time rate of $3,358.30 per semester is 150 percent of tuition paid by an in-state resident plus a 10 percent fee for capital contributions. No state public benefit or subsidy will be used for this special undocumented tuition rate.

“This initiative speaks to Metro State’s mission as an urban institution by providing affordable, accessible education to all qualified students,” says Metro State President Stephen Jordan. “We don’t deny students an opportunity to get an education at the K-12 level, so why would we continue to create barriers at the higher education level.”  

To be eligible for the unsubsidized tuition rate, students must meet the following criteria, beyond the existing admissions requirements: 1) attended a Colorado high school for at least three years, 2) graduated from a Colorado high school or received a general equivalency diploma (GED) in this state and 3) provides a statement that they are in good legal standing, other than their undocumented or unclassified status, and are seeking or intend to seek lawful status when eligible.

“The best change comes from the bottom up and this is a meaningful example of this change,” says Rep. Crisanta Duran, who testified in favor of the new tuition classification for undocumented students.  

“I support this new tuition category and feel it’s a win-win for the business community,” says John Brackney, South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce president and CEO. “A strong majority of the chamber’s board support this. We should look at this in a business way – these students will become healthily contributors to our society.”

The in-state full-time tuition rate was set at $2,152.20, per Metro State’s five-year Financial Accountability Plan submitted to and approved by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education (CCHE) in October 2010. The out-of-state full-time tuition rate is $7,992.60. The new rates take effect in fall 2012.

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About Metropolitan State College of Denver

With nearly 24,000 students, Metro State is Colorado’s leader in educating undergraduate Coloradans and enrolls the highest number of students of color among the state’s four-year colleges. The College now offers master’s degrees in accounting, teaching and social work. It boasts nearly 72,000 alumni, the bulk of whom remain in Colorado after graduation.