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Students at U. Illinois Want to Make it Easier for Illegal Immigrants to Get State Funds

Students at U. Illinois Want to Make it Easier for Illegal Immigrants to Get State Funds

“Resolution 3.56: The RISE Act — Including and Uplifting”

How generous of these students. Taxpayers in Illinois must be thrilled with this idea.

Campus Reform reports:

UI students want to make it even easier for illegal students to get state funds

Members of the University of Illinois student government are calling on their peers and the university to facilitate training for illegal students to assist them in obtaining financial aid.

Illinois recently passed the RISE act, which the university explains “allows state and institutional financial aid eligibility to a subset of students who were previously ineligible” for federal financial aid. Two of the affected groups of students include illegal immigrant students and transgender students. Illegal students cannot obtain federal aid due to the lack of a social security number and transgender students are often ineligible because they do not register for selective service because of, for example, a biological male’s refusal to state that they are male and required to register for the draft.

Nataly Esparza, junior at the University of Illinois and Undocu/DACA Mentor, introduced “Resolution 3.56: The RISE Act — Including and Uplifting” at a recent Illinois Student Government meeting. This was said to be in response to most students being unaware of the RISE Act. Esparza says this resolution will enable students to be informed “of what it is, what it does and who qualifies for it.”

Informational meetings regarding the Rise Act will be hosted by Illinois Student Government (ISG) for illegal immigrant and transgender students. This is where they will learn about the opportunities created by the RISE Act and how to apply for state or institutional financial aid. This resolution would also set up a stand-alone time in a computer lab where students can be guided through the process of applying for financial aid.


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