Lawmakers approve tuition break for military families

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DENVER — The bill that sought to reduce college tuition for qualifying undocumented students, killed last week by House Republicans, was one of the most controversial measures of the year’s legislative session and split lawmakers right down party lines.

But legislation to reduce college tuition for military dependents brought both parties together — and generated only small headlines upon its final passage in the House on Tuesday.

House BIll 1350, which now moves to the Senate, would allow Colorado’s higher education governing boards to authorize in-state tuition for dependents of active duty military members who moved away before graduating high school.

Colleges could allow the lower tuition for students who attended at least two years at a Colorado high school within five years of college.

“Passing this bill provides the opportunity to help families of our Armed Forces afford a college education,” said Rep. Mark Waller, R-Colorado Springs, the bill’s sponsor. “This is one thing we can do to show our gratitude for their daily sacrifices.”

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