Governor Phil Murphy has signed a measure that will provide financial aid for Dreamers who want to go to college in New Jersey.
“Our Dreamers grew up here. They were educated in our schools. They want to be part of the future economic success of the only home many of them have ever known,” Murphy said.
New Jersey becomes the ninth state in the country to make tuition and financial aid available to Dreamers. The state legislature passed a similar bill in 2013, but it was vetoed by then-Governor Chris Christie.
“This is a matter of fairness and a matter of ensuring these students have the ability to move forward with their lives and dreams,” Murphy said.
Dreamers will be eligible for financial aid if they attend a high school in New Jersey for at least three years. They also have to graduate from a New Jersey high school and must have filed an affidavit stating that they have filed an application to legalize their immigration status.
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