Effort Restarts In State To Give Illegal Immigrants College Aid

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

With the federal government giving young illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children a chance to stay in the country, advocates in Washington state are relaunching efforts to open state financial aid to college students who don't have documents.

"Now these kids can live and work here without fear of deportation," said Ricardo Sanchez, chairman of the Latino/a Educational Achievement Project, the main group behind the effort. "The financial aid makes more sense."

But Sanchez faces an uphill battle.

The state's financial-aid pot is already strained after years of economic woes and rising tuition costs. Despite lawmakers providing additional money, more students who qualify aren't getting aid because demand keeps growing.

Additionally, state aid is often tied with federal aid, something that students who qualify under the program can't apply for.

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