College-age illegal immigrants in California now have access to a form of finance that used to be reserved for U.S. citizens: student loans, according to the Sacramento Bee. On Sunday, Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 1210, by State Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, into law.
The bill makes $9.2 million accessible for University of California and California State University schools so they can offer the money to illegal aliens.
Sen. Lara attests that because the illegal immigrants are not eligible for federal financial aid and the bulk of private loans, they have $5,000 to $6,000 less for their college funds at UC and $3,000 less at CSU.
Lara, delighted, issued a statement saying, “This bill will grow our college-educated workforce and make good on the promise that a college degree is possible for all hard-working California students, regardless of immigration status.”
SB 1210 follows on the heels of state actions that allowed illegal immigrants to access in-state tuition if they graduate from California high schools, as well as other legislation that allows them to apply for Cal Grant scholarships.