Senate OKs Immigrant Student Aid Bill

 

Oregon students living in the U.S. without legal permission may soon be able to qualify for state immigrant student aid.

Despite criticism that the state cannot afford the additional grants, Senator Michael Dembrow said that this will create a path to college for those students who are already a part of the state’s education system. Sen. Dembrow is the bill sponsor, and he believes that these are “exactly the kind of kids we should be investing in.”

Two years ago lawmakers decided to allow Oregon high school graduates to pay in-state tuition at public universities no matter what their immigration status, but only legal residents could qualify for the state-funded scholarships.

Being the first in their families to attempt higher education, for many students this opportunity is of great importance.