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Busy Parent Briefing: Undocumented Students in California Now Eligible For Financial Aid

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Students in California rally for the Dream Act.

On Saturday, Governor Jerry Brown signed into California law the Dream Act, which allows undocumented immigrant students to get financial aid to attend the state’s public colleges and universities.

The Wall Street Journal reports that currently, undocumented students can pay in-state tuition “… if they have graduated from a California high school and affirmed that they are in the process of applying to legalize their immigration status.”  Under the provisions of the new law, AB 131, those students will also be “… eligible to apply for state-funded Cal Grants and other public aid.”

According to Time, it is expected that approximately “… 2,500 undocumented students will qualify for Cal Grant funding as a result of the Dream Act, allowing $14.5 million for those students.”  This represents just 1% of the overall available funds. Cal Grant funds are for low-income students who are accepted into institutions that are part of the University of California and California State University systems.  This would include such campuses as UCLA, UC-Berkeley, UCSF and San Diego State University.

At the same time he signed the Dream Act into law, Governor Brown vetoed a bill that would have allowed state universities to consider race, gender, ethnicity, and national origin in undergraduate and graduate admissions.

Photo credit: CaliforniaDreamAct.org

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