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California Senate Passes Its Own Version of Dream Act

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The California state Senate has passed a bill that would allow residents who are illegally present in the state to qualify for state financial aid. They're already eligible for in state tuition and will be on an equal footing with the rest of the state's residents if the bill becomes law. From the Los Angeles Times:



The college dreams of thousands of students who are illegal immigrants moved closer to fulfillment Wednesday after the state Senate approved a bill that for the first time would give them access to public financial aid.

Part of a two-bill package known as the California Dream Act, the measure would allow undocumented students who qualify for reduced in-state tuition to apply for Cal Grants, community college waivers and other public aid programs. To be eligible, they must be California high school graduates who attended schools in the state at least three years, and demonstrate financial need and academic merit.

The Senate vote brought relief to Brian Lee, a UCLA undergraduate who was brought to the U.S. at age 4 from South Korea and fell out of legal status when his mother did not renew their visas. Lee, a biology major who hopes to become a dentist, said the chance to apply for financial aid would help him finish school more quickly and alleviate the stress of working multiple under-the-table jobs. As it is, he has worked for two academic quarters to pay for each term he attends.

"I feel there is light at the end of the tunnel, finally," said Lee, 24, who has completed just two quarters in more than two years.


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  1. Legal and no longer waiting's Avatar
    If only California could grand them work permits after they graduate... state coffers would be much fatter for it.
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