Grants to illegal immigrant students could cost California $14.5 million

October 9, 2011

Gov. Jerry Brown

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.”


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willie

It never fails when things like this get started that it always exceeds way more than the projected cost.

In other words after it gets started, its gonna cost way more than $14.5 million.

Never fails, always does/ happens!


DonHonda

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-dream-20110901,0,5365623.story


For the first year alone:


“It is not known how many undocumented students would be eligible for the aid. A Senate committee analysis estimated the bill’s cost at about $40 million. That includes $13 million for Cal Grants, which average about $4,500; up to $15 million in community college waivers; and $12 million in institutional aid from the University of California and California State University systems.”


moderator

a number of off topic comments deleted ,this article is about undocumented students not workers.

shoot me an e mail if you have questions.

it would be helpful if you read the article before commenting .


Typoqueen

The sky is falling the sky is falling!!! Geez you all sure blow things out of proportion. I was watching the news and the dream act will affect 1% of the funds available. 1% to invest in people that will now be able to be productive people that will in turn invest back into this country, sounds like a good investment. I know that you people would rather them have to die in the streets then lend a hand up out of those streets because there is no moral ground from the right. Help mine help mine, give me give me. Didn’t your parents teach you about sharing, what goes around comes around etc.?


Cal Grant Program = $1.4 billion

2,500 students qualify = $14.5 million

Funds affected = 1%


You people just love to over react when comes to anything that might help people that actually need help, especially if it’s purposed by a dem,,,oh wait the right NEVER purposes anything that helps the people that need that need it the most, unless you consider the wealthiest of our population as needy. 1%!


Willie, if you kids can’t get govt. aid and/or grants then either you’re not trying hard enough to get or you or your child doesn’t qualify, the Dream Act doesn’t affect your kids chance of getting financial aid. When I applied for aid and grants for one of my children they told me that the money is there but people don’t bother finding it.


Let’s not forget that these kids have to qualify, they have to have worked hard to maintain their grades, they’re not just a bunch of slackers that just arrived yesterday to take a piece of your pie. Some believe that this a is a win win. These people will be our military leaders, our job producers our tax paying residents.


Calm down righties, your leaders are once again ingraining more hate. Yes we need border control but we are still humans and so are those immigrants. You Christians don’t seem to get that it is our moral obligation to help everyone that we can in our country, that’s the type of values that we are supposed to have, remember those things,,’morals’? This country is full of the me people and they are all on the right side of the isle.


willie

Typo

I was not looking for a hand out!

I prepared for it by sacraficing a better life.


We have a small percentage of of people in power using the democratic system in a sense of fuedalism

Make no mistakes we the people are in their shackles.

If there was a way we can op out of funding things we don’t approve of we all would.


Those I know in debt due to inflation and credit cards have their precious life on hold for X years.

Those more fortunate able to tighten up, are trying to build a rainy day fund and have their precious life on hold X years.


Wake up to the current America 2008 to 2012 through 2020, you and your family’s life is on hold as the young and old gets older.

What a waste.


Reflecting back, one wanders whether it does pay to be an illegal or a crook, legal tax evasion included.


Typoqueen

Willie, I wasn’t implying that you were looking for a hand out. I applied for grands and govt. aid and I don’t consider that a hand out, it’s there for those of us that can get it. If you were able to sacrifice to put your child through school without aid then good for you, you are lucky. Why don’t you want everyone to have that advantage? Some people can’t earn enough to save to put their kids through school, is that the kids fault?


As far as opting out, that’s the problem with this country. The wealthy have chose to opt out rather than realize that as a country we are in this together and they need to help those that helped them get to where they are. They opted out on us by not paying thier fair share of taxes. The system is broken because of people opting out.


I don’t understand the rest of your post except for the last sentence. But if you want to be a crook then run for a political office.


willie

Typo

“I don’t understand the rest of your post except for the last sentence. But if you want to be a crook then run for a political office.”


I have heard my grandfather and father and all their friends tell me that when I get older I will realize that all these politicians / lobbyist are crooks but I never heard it so nicely said that way.


willie

Typo

Correction

Actually one of my uncles back in 1960 (while teaching me about the stock market) did mention about politicians, he called them “Honest” or “legal” crooks.


Your post should say:

But if you want to be a “HONEST OR LEGAL” crook then run for a political office.


DonHonda

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-dream-20110901,0,5365623.story


For the first year alone:


“It is not known how many undocumented students would be eligible for the aid. A Senate committee analysis estimated the bill’s cost at about $40 million. That includes $13 million for Cal Grants, which average about $4,500; up to $15 million in community college waivers; and $12 million in institutional aid from the University of California and California State University systems.”


Community Colleges do not require a minimum GPA (fee(tuition) waivers and EOPS), while most other State aid requires a 2.0-2.6 GPA. The best and the brightest? I don’t think so.


fhill123

When did the inmates officially take over the running of the asylum?


r0y

I can’t believe no one did this already, but…


All the leaves are brown….

And the sky is gray…


sloweb

Well, the lesson that I have learned from all of this (and that to come, I’m sure) is that I guess that banging the housekeeper ain’t so bad after all!


willie

Gosh, makes me wish my kids were illegal aliens.

Parents like myself always trying to make ends meet have to shell out $20k year (and some) for our kids college.


r0y

An interesting idea… can you revoke your citizenship, then apply as “undocumented” ?


pasoparent5

Not The Dream Act…more like The Nightmare Act.


Robert1

SHOCKING TRUTH ABOUT IMMIGRATION-

Immigration, World Poverty – Updated 2010


Typoqueen

LOL that is so bad, I love it when an extreme righty tries to appear smart. I also enjoyed all the blank brain washed faces in the audience, they actually got something out of this guys gumball thing,,too funny.


The gumball analogy was terrible, it was like he was speaking to a bunch of little kids,,well, I guess he might as well been, I suppose this is how one must address a bunch of sheeple. The topic of this thread isn’t about illegal immigration it’s about paying for school for illegal immigrants, there is a difference. Many of us also believe that something needs to be done to control the illegal immigration that is flowing over here but many of understand the importance of taking care of everyone that IS here, try and separate those two issues if that’s possible.


LOL, I’ll bet you get a lot of thumbs up for that one.


jimmy_me

No, I’m not moved. What does move me is how the banksters got away with destroying the economy. I’m moved by the fact property values have dropped 40% and are still dropping. I’m moved by billions of dollars we don’t have being spent on various wars around the world. I’m moved by the fact that the rich are still gettting richer and everyone else is sliding backwards. I’m worried about continued joblessness and under-employment. If you’re really worried about state money, take a look at the state prison system. Also, look no further than local government if you want to be sickened by corruption.


Robert1

You should be worried,

LA Co Spent $52M On Anchor Babies In July,

http://sweetness-light.com/archive/la-co-spent-52m-on-anchor-babies-in-july

COMING SOON TO YOU, COMPLIMENTS OF THE DEMOCRAT PARTY OF CALIFORNIA