Long Beach Colleges Part of Program to Offer Scholarships to Those in Country Illegally

Got no money? Can't get federal aid because you are in the country illegally? Well come to Long Beach City College or Cal State Long Beach, where you may be paid to attend.

Both campuses are among 12 nationally that are participating in TheDream.US, a new national program that offers $25 million in scholarships to select applicants.


TheDream.US is named after the federal Dream Act, which would offer a pathway to citizenship for the estimated 1.7 million young people brought to the country illegally as children. The new program is separate from the California law passed in 2011 to provide immigrants in the state illegally access to state financial aid at public colleges and universities.

The new scholarship program covers tuition, fees and book costs of as much as $25,000 for 2,000 students over the next decade, reports the Los Angeles Times.

To be eligible, applicants must: have graduated from a U.S. high school with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher; qualify for the federal deferred action immigration program; demonstrate financial need; show strong motivation to succeed in a career-ready or bachelor's degree program; and be enrolled in a participating institution.

Get that packet ready, kiddies: the deadline to apply is March 31.

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