Minnesota's 'Dream Act' law makes college possible for immigrant students

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Alex Gonzalez has long known that he wants to finish his college career at the University of Minnesota. But despite living in the Twin Cities area since he was 6 years old, he didn't expect to pay the U’s in-state price. That’s because Gonzalez, now 18, was born in Mexico.

With his mom by his side, he and dozens of other undocumented immigrants gathered Monday to learn how, exactly, they might tap a new state law meant to help them pay for tuition.

“It’s a really big help,” Gonzalez said, clutching a folder of work sheets.

A new Minnesota law passed last session makes undocumented students eligible for state grants, in-state tuition and private scholarships. A handful of experts were at Augsburg College on Monday to explain the new rules to students who may qualify — undocumented immigrants who attended a Minnesota high school for at least three years and graduated or earned a G.E.D.

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