Poll: Should Illegal Immigrants Have the Opportunity to Receive Financial Aid for College?

Over the weekend, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law the Dream Act, paving they way for illegal immigrants to receive financial aid

With the signing of the Dream Act, undocumented immigrants will have the opportunity to receive financial aid.

As of Jan. 1, 2013, undocumented students who are attending college who qualify for the exemption from non-resident tution will be eligible to receive financial aid through colleges and universities throughout the state.

According to the Immigration Policy Center, roughly 65,000 undocumented students graduate from high school, but only 5 to 10 percent continue on to college, with many unable to go on because of financial reasons or because schools don't allow them to enroll.

The Dream Act makes those students eligible for financial aid at schools throughout the state's UC or CSU systems, have community college fees waives and be eligible to receive Cal Grants, which do not have to be repaid.

However, undocumented students would only become eligible for Cal Grants once all resident students have received such an award.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

Troy Hensley October 11, 2011 at 07:19 AM
I think you should be a citizen to receive Calgrants. We A's US citizens would not be given grants that didn't have to be repaid anywhere else in the world. Here in the US we are having a lot of trouble taking care of our own citizens. We should take care of US students and any $ left over should be put into our local school districts.
Aaron October 11, 2011 at 10:16 PM
Here's a question... Once they graduate, how are those "undocumented" (illegals) going to pay back any federally backed student loans when they cannot legally work in the US? Answer: They will default on the loans! They will default on those loans, OR... we will have to change the law to allow illegals to work legally. It's just another step toward totally open borders and amnesty.
Genene Kluck October 12, 2011 at 01:26 AM
As a K-12 educator, who works in California schools, and especially in "minority-Majority districts, I find it incomprehensible that any learner should be denied an education (especially post h.s.), with or without "documents"! Anyone who has studied the research knows that the FIRST generation who is schooled in the US achieves as much & more than a second/third generation U.S. born Hispanic...kids will succeed, can & want to become citizens, & will pay forward with their careers to support all extended family members as well as the college/technical education of those around them...with their own increased earnings! EVERYONE WINS with advanced education!!!!
Ken Delfino October 12, 2011 at 12:39 PM
The word "ILLEGAL" describing these recipients should be answer enough! The governor has to find ways to save money and here he's found a way to give more away! ILLEGAL immigrants from ANY country do not deserve to be recipients of my taxes...or anyone elses'.
Lucy Brown November 26, 2011 at 03:33 AM
@Ken Deltino wether or not "your" tax money is given to Illegal Immigrants it is still being wasted on Lazy Bums who are Legal Residents of the US !!!! why not lend it to illegal immigrants who do want to succeed and make the US a better place for your kids,or grandchildren ! think about it "your" tax money is being wasted on lazy bums who havent even graduated highschool !


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