Bill to make in-state tuition changes fails

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Legislation that would make students in the country illegally eligible for in-state tuition has failed this session.

The measure's sponsor, Republican Sen. Todd Gardenhire of Chattanooga, withdrew it from the Senate Education Committee on Monday because he didn't have the votes to pass it.

Under the proposal, a student would have to meet academic standards and attend Tennessee schools for at least five years before graduating from high school.

Proponents of the legislation say it would benefit the state with increased funding from in-state tuition and, they hope, produce more graduates who can contribute to the workforce.

Currently, such students pay nearly three times as much for higher education -- the out-of-state rate -- even if they've lived in Tennessee for most of their lives.

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