University of California (UC) president Janet Napolitano says her school system is “committed” to extending student loans to illegal immigrants at the expense of American taxpayers.
“We are committed to continuing a path forward for undocumented students at the University of California,” Napolitano says in a press release. “This funding will further strengthen the university’s undocumented student initiative, and help ensure that these students receive the support and resources they need to succeed.”
Napolitano – the former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security – continues that UC will designate $8.4 million a year for the next three years for illegal immigrants attending college on UC’s 10 campuses. Funding will be divided among UC’s DREAM loan program – which makes student loans available to illegals who are not eligible for federal aid; “student services staff coordinators,” fellowships, and textbook funding; and legal services for illegal immigrants.
“From the earliest days of her presidency, Janet Napolitano has acted to ensure that our undocumented students are on equal footing with others seeking to fulfill their aspirations at UC campuses,” said UC Board of Regents Chairman Monica Lozano. “These efforts have made the University of California a leader among universities across the nation in ensuring academic opportunity for undocumented college students.”
Napolitano launched the Undocumented Students Initiative weeks after she began her tenure at UC in 2013.