Missouri bills on financial aid for some immigrants disputed

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) _ The status of legislation to block scholarships and financial aid for Missouri students whose parents brought them illegally to the U.S. is being disputed.

Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed one bill to stop the state’s A+ Scholarship from going to those students. But the Republican-led Legislature could overturn Nixon’s action in a September session.

The scholarship pays for two years of tuition at community colleges for students who meet certain grade and community service criteria.

Language aimed at blocking the scholarship also was included in a budget bill. But the Higher Education Department, some lawmakers and others are at odds over whether it’s legally binding because of a technicality.

The budget bill also included a provision to require public colleges and universities to charge those students their international tuition rate.

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