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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has signed a bill to lower costs at New Jersey colleges for students who are in the United States illegally.

The Republican signed the bill in private Friday, a day after he announced a compromise had been reached on the measure. His office says he will hold a ceremonial signing later.

The deal with lawmakers Thursday eliminated a provision that would have made the students also eligible for state financial aid. Christie argues that that would have been costly and could have made New Jersey a magnet for foreign-born students.

Both chambers of the Legislature agreed and passed the bill Thursday.

At least a dozen states have similar laws, including Texas and California, the two states with larger foreign-born populations than New Jersey.

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