California Assembly is debating a new bill that would allow undocumented immigrant students to become eligible to receive financial aid in the University of California and California State campuses.
Currently, about 1,800 illegal immigrant students attend the state schools and pay much higher fees than do local non-immigrant students.
The bill, if passed, may lead to moderate disquiet among students who are already U.S. citizens and who believe that they should get first consideration for taxpayer-funded aid. The bill has been signed by the State Senate and awaits the decision of the Assembly.
Although the state bill cannot mandate federal aid for undocumented students, it does propose to extend campus-based grants and loans to all students who are eligible for in-state tuition, including undocumented immigrants.
A California Assembly Bill passed in 2001 made it possible for students who attended California high schools for three years to pay standard in-state fees and not nonresident tuition. For most undergrads, this is a difference of more than $17,000.
However, this bill was challenged in January by nonresident students who have been forced to pay out-of-state tuition. They say this legislation contradicts a 1996 federal law stating that noncitizens cannot be eligible for benefits that are not also extended to all U.S. citizens.
The success of the new bill will depend on the validity of the 1996 law.
At, EdFed, we proudly introduce 'articles on student loans' and 'Learnal - the journal to learn from', our free newsletter on student loan management, which is sure to keep you informed of the latest events and happenings in the student loan market. To receive your copy of the above just use the RSS feed below and add this to your "My Yahoo", blogs, newstickers, and other similar channels accepting distributable content.
Click here to sign up for our Weekly Newswire now!
How EdFed Helped others!
EdFed made it so easy to consolidate my loans, I called in and had a Federal and a Private consolidation application started and finished in less than 20 minutes, now I have it all taken care of with only one monthly payment. - Danielle C. Seattle, WA
Student Loan Consolidation Info - How to Choose the Right Loan Company
The Career Resources column is presented by Granted, America's leading job search engine dedicated to getting people jobs.
Education is one of the most basic right of any human, but with the increase in prices and the costs involved in education this has made these rights turn into a privilege which very few can enjoy. Any normal person today in the whole of United States has to take an education loan at one point of time to pay for their education fees.