As a means to improve access to higher education, Colorado and New Mexico renewed Tuesday an agreement that allows students from New Mexico to pay in-state tuition at various Colorado institutions of higher education and vice versa.
Leaders from both states said they anticipate an influx of Hispanic, Native American and working-class students will choose to earn degrees in Colorado in the coming years, as college recruiting becomes more aggressive and work-force evolutions require better-educated employees.
“It’s about increasing opportunities for young people,” said Colorado Lt. Gov. Joseph Garcia, who formerly served as president of CSU-Pueblo.
While a tuition reciprocity agreement has existed between the two states since the early 1980s, a recent amendment will bump from 400 to 500 the number of New Mexican students allowed to enroll at six Colorado universities or colleges nearest to the New Mexico-Colorado border. CSU-Fort Collins is located too far east in Colorado to participate.