HARTFORD, Conn. – Connecticut Dreamers cheered Senate approval Wednesday of a bill that gives them access to financial aid at public colleges and universities.
The bill passed 21-13 after a two-hour debate over how students are prioritized to receive financial aid and whether undocumented students are as deserving of access to financial aid as legal U.S. citizens.
Connecticut lawmakers passed a law back in 2011 allowing undocumented students, also known as Dreamers, to pay in-state tuition rates at the state’s public universities. The group has continued its fight for financial aid at these schools.
These public universities are required to set aside 15 percent of tuition for institutional aid, which means these Dreamers who are paying tuition are already contributing to the type of financial aid they are seeking.
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