Grants to illegal immigrant students could cost California $14.5 million
October 9, 2011
The California Dream Act, which Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Saturday, could cost the state $14.5 million a year in state grants to illegal immigrants. [LATimes]
The California Department of Finance estimates 2,500 additional universities and community colleges students will qualify for Cal-Grants as a result of the Dream Act, the LA Times said.
The controversial measure gives illegal immigrant college students access to state-funded financial aid. Opponents contend it will take funds away from legal residents.
At a time the state is broke and raising tuition on legal residents the Dream Act is “a reckless use of taxpayer money,” said Federation for American Immigration Reform spokeswoman Kristen Williamson to the LA Times.
Under the new law, students must meet eligibility requirements that include having attended a California school for at least three years, be in the process of applying for citizenship, meet academic standards and show financial need.
“Going to college is a dream that promises intellectual excitement and creative thinking,” Brown said in a written statement. “The Dream Act benefits us all by giving top students a chance to improve their lives and the lives of all of us.”