CT Students For A DREAM, a youth-led immigration advocacy group pursuing immigration reform at the state and federal level, wants to expand previously-granted access to higher education for undocumented immigrants in the state.
In 2011, the General Assembly passed a state-level DREAM Act, which allows undocumented immigrant students who live and went to high school in the state to pay in-state tuition at Connecticut colleges and universities. This session, Sen. Andres Ayala proposed S.B. 475, which would entitle anyone classified as an “in-state student” (thus including DREAM-eligible individuals) to need-based financial aid.
Some undocumented students’ financial needs are such that in-state tuition alone is not enough to make higher education affordable–a reality that could be exacerbated by the expected tuition hike.
On Tuesday, CT Students For A DREAM will hold a demonstration at the Legislative Office Building before the Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee Meeting, urging them to take action on the bill.