Friday, May 24, 2024

$5 million Set Aside for Undocumented Students Admitted to the University of California System









This past Wednesday, former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security and current University of California System President, Janet Napolitano, announced that $5 million will be set aside for services dedicated to undocumented immigrants admitted to the University of California.

“UC will continue to be a vehicle for social mobility,” Napolitano said in her first key statement since being appointed president. According to Napolitano, the money provided comes from discretionary funds that are not provided by the state and would be used to pay for advisers, students services centers and financial aid.

The funding Napolitano publicized is meant to aid the impact of the ban on federal assistance for undocumented immigrants.

“With the passage of the California dream act, undocumented students are now eligible for state and UC financial aid,” U.C. spokeswoman Dianne Klein said “What they are still excluded from is federal loans. This puts them at a distinct disadvantage.”

The state of California has passed laws allowing undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. to apply for driver’s license as well as practice law. It has also made significant advances for undocumented students, allowing many to pay in-state tuition and offer other services.

FOX News Latino