Debate Over Financial Aid for Undocumented Students


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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, June 20, 2006


Under current state law undocumented immigrants qualify for in-state tuition at public colleges and universities if they graduate from a California high school they attended for at least three years.  But they’re not eligible for financial aid, and Democratic Senator Gil Cedillo wants to change that:


“We’ve made an investment in them and we shouldn’t undermine that investment by not permitting them to apply for scholarships while they’re in our universities in our state.”

Cedillo says the bill only allows them to apply for aid – it’s not a guarantee. But Republican Assemblyman Tim Leslie says it’s going too far: 

 “For every illegal person that would get a scholarship, a person that is legally here won’t be getting a scholarship – so that’s I think, pushing the agenda pretty hard.”


The bill was approved in the Senate – and has cleared a key Assembly committee.