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ERIC Number: EJ782225
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec-13
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1557-5411
Serving the Undocumented
Pluviose, David
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v24 n22 p20-22 Dec 2007
Undocumented immigrant students in California are eligible to receive only private scholarships that "[aren't] enough to support a very expensive education," says CCLC CEO Scott Lay. Dr. Gerardo E. de los Santos, CEO of the League for Innovation in the Community College, calls "serving the undocumented" one of the major challenges community colleges are facing, as community colleges have become the only affordable option for many undocumented students having to come up with the cash themselves to pay tuition. This state of affairs is due to the fact that, earlier this year, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed the latest version of the California Dream Act, which would allow undocumented students to be eligible for certain types of financial aid such as community college fee waivers. In his veto statement, the Republican governor said, "it would not be prudent to place additional strain" on state resources to provide financial aid to students "without lawful immigration status." Although undocumented students wouldn't qualify for financial aid, Schwarzenegger points out that under existing law, undocumented students who meet the required criteria already qualify for the lower in-state tuition rate while attending California public colleges and universities." De los Santos says the plight of undocumented California students mirrors what is happening in other states across the nation, in that they are coping with a hodge-podge of laws both for and against granting them financial aid.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California