At least 10 undocumented students from Colorado will get to attend classes at the University of New Mexico this fall, with many not having to pay for tuition or books.
A new Colorado law prohibits state colleges from providing in- state tuition to undocumented immigrants.
In New Mexico, the state is barred from denying education benefits based on immigration status, said Terry Babbitt, director of admissions for the University of New Mexico.
While New Mexico's state financial aid is intended for residents, Poudre High School counselor Isabel Thacker in Colorado found a way for her students to
receive in-state tuition, plus scholarships to cover it.
A full year of tuition at UNM, or 12 credit hours per semester, costs $4,570.80, said Alex Gonzalez, associate director of the scholarship office at UNM. An institutional
scholarship available to undocumented students covers $5,000 of their tuition and book expenses.
As long as we are bending over backwards to accommodate illegals, they will keep coming.