Brown isn’t the first university to do this and it certainly won’t be the last. With all the talk about American college students struggling to pay for school, shouldn’t they be the first priority?

The Providence Journal reports:

Brown University to expand financial aid options for undocumented students

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown University is soon to consider undergraduate applicants with undocumented or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status who graduate from a U.S. high school as if they were American citizens or permanent residents, the university has announced.

The change, part of a growing movement at universities and colleges nationwide, begins with the class that will enter in the fall of 2017. Like other applicants, this group will be considered under Brown’s need-blind admission policy, with the school agreeing to meet 100 percent of each student’s financial need upon enrolling.

“We seek to ensure that undocumented and DACA-status students who have been raised and educated in this country and apply for admission to Brown are treated fairly and equitably,” said Brown University Provost Richard M. Locke. “This approach is consistent with our core values and with Brown’s commitment to advancing knowledge and discovery by attracting and supporting the most talented and promising students and scholars to campus.”

The addition of undocumented and DACA students to Brown’s applicant pool follows the release in February of “Pathways to Diversity and Inclusion: An Action Plan for Brown University,” which “outlines a set of concrete, achievable actions to make Brown a more fully diverse and inclusive community,” according to the plan’s summary page.

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