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NJ Senate panel advances in-state tuition bill

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A Senate committee has advanced a bill allowing children of immigrants to pay the cheaper in-state rate to attend college in New Jersey.

Dozens of people testified at Thursday’s legislative hearing.

Among them was Giancarlo Tello, who was brought to the United States illegally from Peru by his parents when he was 6.

The 23-year-old has suspended studies at Rutgers University because of costs.

His tuition would be cut in half if the bill becomes law.

The Senate version also gives undocumented students access to financial aid.

The Assembly Budget Committee passed a similar bill in June.

It’s not known whether Gov. Chris Christie would sign the measure.

It likely would affect more than 10,000 state college students a year.