NY Considers Financial Aid for Undocumented Students

NY Considers Financial Aid for Undocumented Students

January 24, 2013

Last week, Democrats in the New York State Assembly stood behind a comprehensive bill that would allow undocumented students access to state financial aid to help pay for their higher education, reports the New York Times.

The New York Dream Act would open up several state tuition assistance programs to undocumented immigrants and create a private scholarship fund. The state measure differs from the federal Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, which would provide a path to citizenship for such students. 

Under the proposed state legislation, students must have attended a high school in New York for at least two years and graduated or received an equivalency certificate in the state to qualify for the funds. Additionally, students must have lived with parents or guardians while attending high school.

While Democratic state lawmakers are solidly behind the new state bill, it is unclear how Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (D) and the State Senate will respond to the measure.

Undocumented students have been allowed to pay in-state tuition at New York colleges and universities since 2002. If the bill passes, New York would become the fourth state “ behind Texas, New Mexico and California “ to offer state financial aid to undocumented students.


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Michelle Cormier Mott

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