October 8th, 2011
05:54 PM ET

Undocumented immigrant students will be eligible for California aid

Undocumented immigrant students in California will be able to receive state-funded financial aid in 2013 to attend college under a new law signed Saturday by Gov. Jerry Brown.

The law allows top students who are on a path to citizenship to apply and receive the state aid, the governor said.

About 2,500 students are projected to receive Cal Grants totaling $14.5 million, according to the California Department of Finance. That averages out to $5,800 per student.

The funding amounts to 1% of the overall $1.4 billion Cal Grant program, officials said.

The new law, AB 131, is one of two pieces of legislation known as the California Dream Act and will become effective January 1, 2013, officials said.

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  1. Brian

    how do americans apply for the aid. i guess we need to renounce our citizenship and become illegal.

    October 10, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • ARMYofONE

      Funny how this state was so far in debt for so many years. And this was reported last year!!! But somehow, the politicians seem to think the taxpayers of California's money goes best to help and give free money to illegals more than take care of their own people or deficit. Must be nice to have such a giving Governor to ensure the debt builds more on the back s of hard working Americans to pay for those here illegally.

      October 10, 2011 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • norman

      it will be repealed next year-the citizens are done with this-recall brown!

      October 10, 2011 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blue

      I love it. Those illegals eligible are the ones "on a path to citizenship". When we were getting the DREAM Act shoved at us it supposedly because hardworking illegals had no available path to citizenship. If the DREAM Act hasn't passed what possible path could these folks be on for citizenship? They are talking out of both sides of their political mouths.

      October 11, 2011 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
    • What the?

      So, how is this any different from creating cash legally, based on funds created from money laundering...? If the source is illegal, it will always be illegal.

      October 15, 2011 at 2:38 am | Report abuse |
  2. Neel

    So they get financial aid? How does that help the fact they cant legally work in America? Waste of tax dollars, and not fair for legal citizens.

    October 10, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • ARMYofONE

      Since when do taxpayers have to shell out to those here breaking the law?? This state is in debt enough. Why give to those here illegally and make us pay who are doing things the legal way?? Thanks Democrats!!!

      October 10, 2011 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sandra

    So, if they can't work now, how will they work later and pay back their student loans? idiot, brown. If california decides to remove you from office, I'd vote today. Morally wrong? he says, then HE should pay for it, not california.

    October 10, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Omar

      Did you read? "The law allows top students who are on a path to citizenship"

      October 22, 2011 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
  4. Joe Travis

    You see, by 2013 immigration reform will have passed and problem solved. Another W for la raza and a L for all the racists.

    October 10, 2011 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • norman

      nice try dumdum-amnesty will never happen when the clear majority-70%-say no. in 2012, this dream act will be repealed-already signed up to help! abnd ps-the racists stuff doesnt work-real americans want all illeagls gone-tyhey are mostly brown, but some are also white

      October 10, 2011 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • ARMYofONE

      norman–exactly. Why should those of us here struggling, and having to go in debt for school, shell out our tax money for those here illegally and sucking off of us for YEARS

      October 10, 2011 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ARMYofONE

    Actually it has not passed the severely in debt voters who live here legally. So I am sure, that those here breaking our laws, will not be granted ANY aid paid for by US the AMERICANS for those here FREELOADING

    October 10, 2011 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bj

    So applying for aid actually means admitting guilt to being here in the US illegally!!

    October 11, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
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