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Saturday September 3, 2011

CA Dream Act Clears Senate

CA Dream Act Clears Senate

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Without much debate, the California state Senate on Wednesday passed AB 131 in a vote of 22-11, reports La OpiniĆ³n. The second of two bills known as the California Dream Act, the bill would give undocumented college students access to state-funded financial aid. It now heads back to the Assembly for a vote to approve the amendments made in the Senate. The bill will then go to the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown, who is expected to sign it into law.

The first bill, AB 130, signed into law last month, allows undocumented college students access to privately-funded scholarships and grants. The second bill would give undocumented college students access to state-funded financial aid.

Undocumented students in California qualify for in-state tuition, but are currently banned from accessing public financial aid.

Unlike the federal Development, Relief and Education of Minors (DREAM) Act, the California bills do not provide a path to legalization for undocumented students.