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Connecticut Dreamers demand access to state financial aid

Lucas Codognolla and Junior Sierra (Photo by Christine Stuart)
Lucas Codognolla and Junior Sierra (Photo by Christine Stuart)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Six Connecticut Dreamers walked out of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s office Tuesday disappointed that he refused to immediately agree that undocumented students should have access to financial aid.

“He said he wants concrete information and case studies about what other states have been doing and we feel we have provided this information to him previously,” Lucas Codognolla, lead coordinator for CT Students for A Dream, said. “We will send his office this information again, but we will hold his office accountable for taking action on this issue.”

Codognolla is just one of the more than 1,000 Connecticut Dreamers. Dreamers are students who are the children of undocumented immigrants and who came to this country as children and attend the state’s public schools, but through no fault of their own are in the country illegally.

In 2011, they were given the opportunity to pay in-state tuition rates at the state’s public colleges and universities, but what they want now is access to institutional financial aid. In 2013, legislation that would have granted them access to this aid failed to get raised for a public hearing.

See the complete story at CT News Junkie.

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