Allows certain students including undocumented immigrants who meet certain criteria to qualify for State student financial aid programs.

 

Already passed by the State Senate, Bill (699) was passed this week by the State Assembly and will now go to Governor Murphy's desk for his signature. The bill allows certain students including undocumented immigrants who meet certain criteria to qualify for New Jersey student financial aid for College. This story ties in to the blog I posted yesterday about Governor Murphy's idea of FREE College here in New Jersey. The overwhelming response to that blog was "Who's paying for this?" Now it's the issue of "undocumented immigrants" getting financial aid for college while actual citizens could possibly miss out.

As I pointed out yesterday many middle class residents make "too much" for aid, but in actuality not enough to afford paying full price for college. So the debate continues. Here's some response, from both sides of the aisle, on the issue of "undocumented immigrants"

"These children had to school themselves against unbelievable odds, and yet they were successful" ~ Assemblyman Gary Schaer, D-Passaic

"This bill obviously takes away financial aid that would be available to citizens of the United States and gives it to people who are not citizens of the United States. Whether they’re not citizens through their own fault or somebody else’s fault, they’re not citizens" ~ Assemblyman Jay Webber, R-Morris

How do YOU feel about this Bill?

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