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CA Dream Act Signed, Undocumented Students To Have Access To Public Financial Aid

October 8, 2011

It was the right thing to do.

Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Saturday allowing undocumented immigrant college students access to public financial aid, marking California’s relatively liberal ground in a bitter row over immigration nationwide.

The California Dream Act allows undocumented students who came to the country before age 16 and attended California high schools access to public financial aid, including Cal Grants. Those students already are eligible for in-state tuition, and Brown in July signed a companion measure affording them access to private financial aid.

“Going to college is a dream that promises intellectual excitement and creative thinking,” Brown said in a prepared statement. “The Dream Act benefits us all by giving top students a chance to improve their lives and the lives of all of us.”

One Comment
  1. Dale Lehner permalink
    October 9, 2011 4:39 PM

    No requirement to become a citizen within one year or lose financial aid?

    This is an abomination.

    These are 18 year old adults who must now make adult choices. Choose US citizenship or lose your funding.

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