Last year, Del. Alfonso Lopez, D-Arlington, tried to convince the General Assembly to allow undocumented students to pay in-state tuition.
He argued it made business sense. He argued the cost was small. He argued it was fair. But the proposal failed.
But Tuesday night, hugs, handshakes and congratulations greeted Lopez after the House Subcommittee on Higher Education and Arts unanimously approved a bill to afford the privilege to undocumented students who came to Virginia as children.
The panel rolled several versions of the bill, including Lopez’s, into HB1525 by Del. Thomas Rust, R-Fairfax County.