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Students in Texas illegally eligible for state financial aid

The in-state tuition for illegal immigrants program signed into law by Gov. Rick Perry has allowed students to receive state financial aid illegally, the Texas Tribune reports:

TEXAS Grants, a need-based grant program that covers tuition and fees at most institutions, is only available to Texas residents. Students unable to prove U.S. citizenship may establish residency if they graduated from a Texas high school, have lived in the state for three years before applying and sign an affidavit indicating their intent to apply for permanent residency status as soon as possible.

According to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, which monitors the implementation of such legislation, the state distributed 2,156 TEXAS Grants in fiscal year 2010 to students who had established residency under those provisions, meaning many were very likely not in the United States legally. The total amount of the awards was approximately $7.8 million.

California’s Gov. Jerry Brown signed the controversial second half of the California DREAM Act earlier this month, which allows illegal immigrants in the state access to the state’s financial aid system — at an estimated cost of up to $40 million per year.

[Texas Tribune]

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