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Gov. Brown Signs California Dream Act

Effective Jan. 1, 2013, undocumented students will be eligible to receive financial aid at the state's public colleges and universities.

Bay City News Service -- Gov. Jerry Brown announced Saturday that he signed the California Dream Act, a controversial bill that would allow undocumented students to receive public financial aid for higher education.

The bill, AB 131, is the second of two bills that make up the California Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors, or DREAM, Act.

In July, Brown signed AB 130, a bill allowing undocumented students to receive private scholarships.

"Going to college is a dream that promises intellectual excitement and creative thinking," Brown said in a statement this morning. "The Dream Act benefits us all by giving top students a chance to improve their lives and the lives of all of us."

Effective Jan. 1, 2013, undocumented students attending public higher educational institutions who qualify for the exemption from non-resident tuition will be eligible to receive financial aid at the state's public colleges and universities.

Currently, undocumented students cannot receive state or federal financial aid.

According to the Immigration Policy Center, although some 65,000 undocumented students graduate from high school, only 5 to 10 percent continue onto college, with .

The bill enables those students to become eligible to receive institutional financial aid at schools in the UC or California State University systems, have community college fees waived and 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.

Analysis of the bill by the Assembly noted that the demand for the aid -- which can provide up to $12,192 a year to pay for college expenses at qualifying California academic institutions or trade schools -- far exceeds the amount of funding typically provided, making it unlikely that undocumented students would be considered.

The California Department of Finance estimates that 2,500 students, at a cost to the state of $14.5 million, will qualify for Cal Grants thanks to AB 131. This represents 1 percent of Cal Grant's total $1.4 billion funding, according to the governor's office.

Both assembly bills were authored by Assemblyman Gil Cedillo, D-Los Angeles.

Brash Brazen October 11, 2011 at 11:26 PM
Mona,I'm the product of a public school education & we were taught that the Pilgrim's came here to escape religious persecution. We were taught that was wrong & that we should be more tolerant of those whose views conflict with our own. But after spending a lifetime of having self-righteous simpletons try to force feed me their idea of morality I'm beginning to think that religious persecution may not be that bad an idea. The one thing virtually every religion has in common is their hatred and mistrust of anyone who doesn't buy into their brand of lunacy. To be compared to your Savior is truly an honor I don't deserve,but thank you none the less. And to all the rest of you readers - May the deity of your choice bless & comfort you until you join him or her or it in eternal bliss.
Leah Hall October 11, 2011 at 11:40 PM
...and may peace also be with you, Brash. :)
Leah Hall October 12, 2011 at 12:12 AM
Nope, plain old flesh and blood - my two feet are planted right here in San Leandro. Forgive me for hurting your ears, my friend.
Tim October 12, 2011 at 12:21 AM
What do you expect from a 1960's hippie retread?
Leah Hall October 12, 2011 at 01:00 AM
Not as much as Tim does, certainly. It's time to get the flowers out of my hair and go smoke some of that funky stuff.

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