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St. Louis college cuts tuition for undocumented

St. Louis Community College will cut tuition for undocumented students with a Missouri high school diploma, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. 

Nearby Illinois and at least 17 states offer in-state rates to undocumented state high school graduates but the college’s move is a first for Missouri.

“It’s a huge need. It’s important to give every single kid a chance at education and getting out of that cycle of poverty,” said Virginia Braxs, president of the Hispanic Arts Council. “I think it’s amazing, amazing news. There is a real chance to be part of the American dream.”

“Clearly, there’s a big affordability gap,” said Mark Kantrowitz, senior vice president of Edvisors Network and an expert on college financing.