Saturday, October 8, 2011

Undocumented Latinos get break in higher education

California increases its potential future workforce by adding an estimated 2,500 new students to its college systems

SACRAMENTO, CATaking action to expand educational opportunity to all qualified students, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today signed the California Dream Act.
AB 131, authored by Assemblymember Gil Cedillo (D-Los Angeles) allows top students who are on the path to citizenship to apply for college financial aid.  “Going to college is a dream that promises intellectual excitement and creative thinking. The Dream Act benefits us all by giving top students a chance to improve their lives and the lives of all of us,” said Governor Brown.
Under current law, undocumented students pay resident tuition rates if they have graduated from a California high school and affirmed that they are in the process of applying to legalize their immigration status. Effective January 1, 2013, AB 131 will make this limited pool of students eligible to apply for Cal Grants and other state aid.
The legislation builds on AB 130, also authored by Assemblymember Cedillo, signed into law by Governor Brown on July 25, 2011. AB 130 makes financial aid from private sources available to the same pool of students. The two laws are collectively known as the “California Dream Act.”
The California Department of Finance estimates that 2,500 students will qualify for Cal Grants as a result of AB 131, at a cost of $14.5 million or approximately 1 percent of the $1.4 billion allotted to Cal Grant annually.
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  1. VIDEO, Governor Jerry Brown signed the California DREAM ACT on Saturday October 8, 2011 - Big Party in University of California at Berkekey and the Chancellor is the happiest man - Wonderful, Funny, Interesting ! - Jokes !

    Nobody in India could believe that Gil Zedillo ( California Assemblyman ) was a foreigner and not a citizen from India, everybody believed he was joking ! - He is the biggest warrior of DREAM ACT.

    From Los Angeles Times :

    Most Republican legislators voted against it, and anti-illegal-immigration groups denounced it as unfair.

    Brown's signature on the bill fulfilled a campaign promise to allow high-achieving students who want to become citizens the opportunity to attend college, regardless of their immigration status.

    "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."

    And Now the Video :

    Robert J. Birgeneau, Chancellor University of California, Berkeley, Professor of Physics, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering speaks with Great Enthusiasm. Berkeley's Chancellor has fought for this educational bill and is extremely elated with the approval in the California Legislature.

    The University of California at Berkeley celebrates the passage of the Dream Act and pushes for the Dream Act at the Federal Level. -

    Chancellor Robert J. Birgeneau spoke with President Obama and the President said : "No student should be wasted for lack of Opportunities", he also went to visit Governor Jerry Brown several times.

    Children and Young Students should not be squandered and left behind without the best possible education.

    Uploaded by UCBerkeleyEvents on Oct 3, 2011

    Together, AB 130 and 131 allow undocumented students who have been admitted to California public colleges and universities and who meet in-state tuition requirements to apply for privately-funded scholarships and non-competitive, state-funded financial aid. For State Assemblyman Gil Cedillo, the passage of the California DREAM Act has been a long time coming. He first introduced the bill in 2005 and has worked tirelessly to have it passed into law.

    Gil Cedillo is a California State Assemblyman representing the 45th State Assembly District in Los Angeles County and the lead author of the California Dream Act. Previously he served as a California State Senator representing the 22nd district and a State Assemblyman representing the 46th District.

    Living the DREAM