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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.

[1]The state Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act would also create a fund to would provide private scholarships to immigrant students.

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 [2]) 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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[2] A.2597: http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?default_fld=&bn=A02597&term=2013&Summary=Y