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September 2, 2011 > Bill lets illegal students apply for public aid

Bill lets illegal students apply for public aid

By Juliet Williams, Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP), Aug 31 - The state Legislature has approved the second half of the so-called California Dream Act, which would allow students who are illegal immigrants to apply for state-funded scholarships and financial aid.

The Senate approved AB131 on a 22-11 vote Wednesday, sending it Gov. Jerry Brown.

The legislative package by Democratic state Assemblyman Gil Cedillo of Los Angeles differs from the federal Dream Act, a proposal that would create a path to citizenship for those who are bought to the country illegally as children.

Earlier this year, Brown signed a bill approving private scholarships and loans for illegal immigrant students. AB131 adds state-funded financial aid.

Illegal immigrant students would have to meet the same requirements as others but only would qualify for financial aid that remains after legal residents apply.

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