A bill that would allow unaccompanied homeless students to pay in-state tuition for college is a step closer to passing the Colorado Senate.

Sen. John Cooke, R-Greeley, notes students who graduate from a Colorado high school, lived in the state for a year and whose parents live here too automatically pay in-state tuition.

"But if you’re homeless or you’re in foster care then currently you do not get in-state tuition," Cooke said. 

Sen. Owen Hill, R-Colorado Springs, said the bill cuts through the bureaucracy to help homeless youth.

"This isn’t about anything other than simplifying our government processes in a way that makes it easier for folks to pay their own way to go to college," Hill said.

The bill passed the House earlier this month and has one more vote in the Senate.