Adams State Trustees endorse SB33 - ASSET Bill

(02-15-2013)

The Board of Trustees for Adams State University  unanimously voted to endorse Senate Bill 33, which would allow undocumented students to pay in-state tuition at Colorado institutions of higher education. It is also known as the ASSET Bill, "Advancing Students for a Stronger Economy Tomorrow."The Board held a special meeting Feb. 15 to consider the bill.

"Passage of this bill will give more students the opportunity to earn a college degree. It will also help Adams State advance its mission of providing educational access to underserved populations," said Dr. David Svaldi, president of Adams State University.

Trustee Val Vigil, of Thornton, said, "I've been fighting for this issue for ten years, and was the first to introduce it to the state senate." Vigil served in the state legislature from 1999-2006.

"This is the right thing to do, and it will be beneficial to Adams State," added Trustee LeRoy Salazar, of Manassa. ASSET (SB 33) will allow undocumented students in Colorado to pay-in state tuition if they have attended at least three years of high school in Colorado, graduated from a public or private high school in Colorado, or obtain a general equivalency diploma (GED). The student must also apply and be admitted to a Colorado institution of higher education.

One of the bill's sponsors in the Colorado House of Representatives is Ed Vigil of District 62, which includes Alamosa and the San Luis Valley.

By Julie Waechter