State lawmakers on the Education Committee narowly passed a bill that grants in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants.

The out-of-state tuition for undocumented students is almost three times higher than the charge for in-state students to attend the University of Connecticut, Connecticut State University System and the dozen community colleges.

Before the vote, lawmakers expressed concerns that changing the tuition rate may result in fewer Connecticut residents having a seat in college, it cost universities and colleges substantially and it would make the state vulnerable to a lawsuit.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Democratic leadership strongly support for the proposal. Dozens of people showed up earlier this week to testify in support of the bill.

The proposal was narrowly voted out of the committee 11-8, mostly along party lines, to the Appropriations Committee to consider.

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