Reconsidering PACT
5:32 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Alabama court reconsiders prepaid tuition ruling

The Alabama Supreme Court has reopened a lawsuit over whether Alabama's prepaid college tuition program can pay less than full tuition for students.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday told a lower court to look at whether state officials can retroactively apply a new law passed by the Legislature to allow reduced tuition payments. A plan to provide reduced payments was struck down by the Supreme Court in March and then the Legislature passed a law in April to try to save it.

Save Alabama PACT co-founder Patti Lambert says it's a chance to restore the reduced payments that will allow PACT to continue. But a lawyer representing parents who challenged the settlement, Wally Walker, says the state is trying to take away the right of program participants to full tuition.

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