Legislature shores up Alabama college tuition plan

MONTGOMERY, AL (AP) - The Alabama Legislature has found a compromise that shores up the state's prepaid college tuition plan with nearly $548 million over the next 17 years. It also keeps the state's promise to pay tuition for 44,000 students.

The Senate approved the plan 23-8 Wednesday and the House agreed 85-7 Wednesday night.

Democratic state Sen. Ted Little of Auburn says the legislation saves Alabama's Prepaid Affordable College Tuition plan. But Democratic Rep. John Knight, who is chief operating officer of Alabama State University, predicted the bill will be challenged in court because it caps tuition increases for PACT participants at regional universities.

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