Judge Validates New Alabama Prepaid Tuition Law

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The legal battle over Alabama's financially troubled prepaid college tuition program is headed back to the Alabama Supreme Court.

A Montgomery judge ruled Monday that a law passed by the legislature in the spring to permit reduced tuition payments is constitutional.

The state Supreme Court had asked Circuit Judge Johnny Hardwick to review the law before the high court considers it.

If the Supreme Court agrees with Hardwick, then the Prepaid Affordable College Tuition Plan will be able to pay reduced rates rather than full tuition.

State Treasurer Young Boozer said Tuesday the program is paying full tuition for the fall semester since the case is pending.

The co-founder of Save Alabama PACT, Patti Lambert, said the PACT board hopes to get a ruling before the spring semester.