LA Times, "Gov. Jerry Brown signs Dream Act for state's illegal immigrants"

Gov. Jerry Brown signed the second part of the “Dream Act,” making undocumented immigrants eligible for government financial aid to attend the state colleges and universities. Under AB 131, these students can receive Cal-Grants starting in 2013. Last year, the program made grants to more than 370,000 low-income students. Brown earlier signed AB 130, which makes undocumented students eligible for private aid. - HTN Foundation

Gov. Jerry Brown signs Dream Act for state's illegal immigrants

-- Patrick McGreevy and Anthony York, reporting from Sacramento

October 8, 2011 | 12:27 pm

Declaring the need to expand educational opportunity, Gov. Jerry Brown announced Saturday that he has signed legislation making illegal immigrants eligible to receive state financial aid to attend California universities and community colleges.

Brown said he signed the California Dream Act because it makes sense to allow high-achieving students access to college financial aid.

“Going to college is a dream that promises intellectual excitement and creative thinking,'' Brown said in a statement. "The Dream Act benefits us all by giving top students a chance to improve their lives and the lives of all of us.''

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