While Colorado is considering ending longstanding policy providing free education for American Indians studying at Fort Lewis College, things are moving in the opposite direction elsewhere in the American Southwest. From the Salt Lake City Deseret News comes news that first-generation students:

Provided they meet specific eligibility requirements, will be able to attend Weber State University for up to eight semesters of school free of charge.

The school plans to harness the benefits of available federal and state financial aid and combine it with $2 million from an anonymous donor, to offer up to 2,000 students in the program’s first year a cost-free education through the “Dream Weber” program.

Looks like maybe Weber State should talk to Fort Lewis. The schools are about 430 miles apart.

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Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer