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Gov. Brown Signs Bill Allowing Tuition Aid for Illegal Immigrants

The California Dream Act will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2013.

A bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown Saturday will allow illegal immigrants in the process of legalizing their immigration status to apply for college financial aid.

Currently, students in the country illegally pay resident tuition rates if they have graduated from a high school in California and are applying to legalize their status, according to a press release issued by the governor’s office. The bill, AB 131, takes effect Jan 1, 2013, and will make those students eligible to apply for Cal grants and other state aid.

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

The bill is one of two laws known as the California Dream Act, authored by Assemblyman Gil Cedillo (D-Los Angeles). AB 130 was signed by Brown on July 25, 2011, and makes financial aid from private sources available to the same pool of students, according to a press release.

The California Department of Finance estimates that 2,500 students will qualify for Cal Grants as a result of AB 131, at a cost of $14.5 million. The overall Cal Grant program is funded at $1.4 billion, meaning that 1 percent of all Cal Grant funds will be potentially impacted by AB 131 when the law goes into effect, according to a press release.

safesantee October 11, 2011 at 11:26 PM
Hey Doug, Andy Wiilliams has been in this country since birth and has been working really hard on school during his time in juvy and prison, now your not going to be heartless to say its a bad idea to let him out of prison and have taxpayers pay for his college? I mean its not like he broke the law anything. But the thing here is doug we have a thing called the justice system here in america (this isnt mexico anymore douglas) and when your an unjust person the justice system should bring justice, unless of course your working very hard at school, then the law dosent matter and you get free stuff and can do whatever you want right?
Doug Curlee October 11, 2011 at 11:33 PM
mike.. no argument there from me.. it'll be interestimng to see what happens, and where it all goes.. stay in touch.. doug
safesantee October 11, 2011 at 11:37 PM
Yeah doug has been pretty rude to others and me a number of times as well, the part that gets me is when he says "this is the way its going to be" or "it will never change so get used to it" and then he will chastise you for trying to argue otherwise. Which if we all just accepted everything and never fought back we would be in a colony of Brittan. Ive always like doug curlees reporting on kusi but seriously doug please let some of the smaller things go you obviously got worked up enough to call one person an idiot for no good reason and that's kinda mean and deff not gonna help your case.
Pop Quiz October 12, 2011 at 12:12 AM
Well thought Mike. The never ending half assed non-reform hurts everyone. Illegal imigration creates a class of citizens that are exploited. Like all crime there are victims.If parents break the fedral immigration law their kids pay. I don't think it's fair for the legal students (even one) to not get opportunity for the illegal acts of their classmates parents. The great thing about discussions immigration reform is the knee jerk calls of "Racism".
SmokeNgun October 15, 2011 at 02:52 AM
The number of American Citizens applying to the UC system has increased. Tuition rates have been increased. Sucramento has reduced the UC budget by $1.2 billion and there are lotteries for classes. Granting Resident Taxpayer privileges to a illegal alien is a crime( I don’t care how you got here). Every parent in California must be outraged. My/your child(ern) will now have to compete against all illegal aliens applying to a UC. Every parent of a Legal alien must be outraged; now your children will have to compete against illegal aliens. Legal aliens are getting the wrong message; you pay a huge sum for “out of state tuition” and you are not entitled to Taxpayer funded programs like PELL Grants.

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