Connecticut lawmakers debate immigrant student bills

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers are considering two bills this session to help students brought to the U.S. illegally as children with the cost of college tuition.

The Senate on Tuesday voted 24-12 in favor of legislation allowing such students to be eligible for institutional financial assistance offered by UConn and schools overseen by the Board of Regents. Student tuition, not the state budget, funds the assistance.

That bill now moves to the House of Representatives.

Meanwhile, the House debated for more than six hours before passing a bill that reduces, from four years to two, the years of high school that immigrant students must complete in Connecticut to receive favorable in-state college tuition rates. The bill passed 78-70, marking one of the closest votes of the session. It awaits Senate action.

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