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California Law Helps Immigrant Students

October 18, 2011
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Beginning in 2013, illegal immigrants accepted by state universities may receive financial assistance from a state program. The program helped more than 370,000 low-income students last year.

Students must graduate from a California high school after attending school in the state for at least three years. They must show they are trying to legalize their immigration status. They also must show financial need and meet academic standards.

The law is controversial. A supporter said, “After having invested 12 years in the education of these young men and women, who are here through no fault of their own, it is the smartest thing to permit these students to get scholarships and be treated like other students.”

An opponent said, “It is morally wrong. We have created a new entitlement that is going to cause tens of thousands of people to come here illegally from all over the world.”

Governor Jerry Brown (in photo) estimates that 2,500 students additional students will qualify at a cost of $14.5 million. The California student aid program costs $1.4 billion.

The Los Angeles Times


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