MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A Montgomery County Circuit judge told the Alabama Supreme Court Monday that a new law passed by the Alabama Legislature allowing reduced tuition payments by Alabama's prepaid college tuition program is legal.
The Supreme Court had sent a lawsuit over the prepaid tuition program back to Montgomery County Circuit Judge Johnny Hardwick and asked the judge to look at whether the Legislature can retroactively apply the new law allowing reduced tuition payments.
Alabama's programs ran into trouble in 2008 when the stock market plunged and it no longer could cover full tuition for all participants.
The Legislature in April passed a law removing the full funding provision.
In his answer to the Supreme Court, Hardwick said he found the act passed by the Legislature was valid and in effect.