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Assembly Democrats Again Seek To Offer Financial Aid To Immigrant Students
Posted By Joseph Spector On January 16, 2013 @ 4:33 pm In Other | Comments Disabled
After passing the measure last year, Assembly Democrats are again pushing for enactment of the DREAM Act, which would allow immigrant students to apply for state financial aid.
Democrats in Albany have pushed for the measure, but it hasn’t passed the Republican-led Senate. Now a bi-partisan coalition runs the Senate, so Democrats are hopeful the bill stands a better chance.
“Our immigrant families, like many struggling in these trying economic times, need financial help to achieve their educational goals,” Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, said in a statement. “As a child of immigrants, I know that investing in these inspiring students represents an investment in our future.”
The bill (A.2597 ) would make New York one of four states – including Texas, New Mexico, and California – to offer state financial aid to the children of immigrants, Silver said.
Since 2002, New York has offered in-state tuition prices to immigrant youth. The bill would use the same criteria for financial aid for immigrants for its various financial-aid programs.
The DREAM Fund would raise private money for scholarships to college-bound children with at least one immigrant parent. It would be overseen by a 12-person commission.
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