Tue May 22, 2012

Colorado Expands In-State Tuition Reciprocity Agreement with New Mexico

Up to 500 Coloradans can now attend New Mexico universities and pay in-state tuition. That’s thanks to a reciprocity agreement signed by Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia today on the Colorado State University campus in Fort Collins.

The agreement increases the cap on program participants from 400 to 500. Lt. Garcia said the arrangement will save students on both sides of the border thousands.

“For most students coming from New Mexico to a Colorado institution, they would pay less than half in terms of resident tuition, and vice versa” he said.

Also on hand for the signing ceremony was José Garcia, a cabinet secretary from the New Mexico Department of Higher Education. José Garcia said the program is particularly beneficial for New Mexico students who want to study a topic that’s not taught at New Mexico State University. For example, the university does not have a school right now in veterinary medicine.

“What this expansion does is it enables students to have greater choices in where they can go to school,” he said.

The changes go into effect on July 1st.