California Education Dept. Encourages Dreamers to Seek Financial Aid

California's Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and the California Student Aid Commission announced last week that applications for the California Dream Act are down and encouraged all eligible students to apply for the program, reports The Mercury News.

The program allows undocumented students to receive state financial aid for college. The application deadline is March 2. 

As of Tuesday last week, the state Student Aid Commission had received about half the number of applications it received last year by March 2, reported the Mercury News. The California Dream Act is unrelated to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. 

"We are strongly urging Dreamers to complete the California Dream Act Application," said Lupita Cortez Alcalá, executive director for the CSAC, which administers the California Dream Act, in a press release. "California's strength lies in its diversity and we will continue to support and advance our efforts to prepare all California students for academic and economic prosperity."

The release also stated that CSAC will take "all available legal precautions to protect California Dream Act information, which is used solely to determine eligibility for state financial aid and is not shared with any other government agency." In addition, it noted that a Dreamer student does not need to be DACA-certified to be eligible for public education or state financial aid, reported the Mercury News.


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