Silver Announces Legislation to Make Educational Aid Programs Available to Young Immigrants Qualifying for Deferred Status
"Another step toward a Dream Act for New York"
August 17, 2012
With new hope for tens of thousands of young immigrants in New York as President Obama’s deferred action program went into effect this week, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Assembly Higher Education Committee Chair Deborah Glick, and Assemblyman Francisco Moya today announced legislation (A.10807) to further brighten their future by opening up educational assistance initiatives such as the Tuition Assistance Program to anyone who qualifies for the new status. "This is another step for young immigrants toward our goal of a Dream Act for New York. My parents came here as immigrants and I was able to have opportunities precisely because this country welcomed my family and allowed us to work hard and succeed," said Speaker Silver. "These young immigrants, who really know no other home than the United States, deserve the same opportunities and chance to succeed. By opening up financial aid and other higher education options to them, young immigrants will now have a fighting chance to realize their dreams and contribute to this great nation." Under current law, undocumented students pay the same tuition as their classmates at all SUNY and CUNY schools as long as they meet certain criteria. However they are not eligible to take advantage of tuition assistance programs that are available to others. The proposal would give young immigrants access to a wide array of New York’s educational opportunity programs, including:
- Tuition Assistance Program (TAP);
- Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP);
- Educational Opportunity Program (EOP);
- Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (C-STEP); and
- Opportunity programs available at community colleges.