Undocumented students currently qualify for in-state tuition in New York State. However, they are not eligible to receive state financial aid, forcing the state’s estimated 9,000 undocumented students to pay their tuition up front in cash. The state legislature has been bouncing around a bill that could change that.
The New York State Dream Act was rejected from the State Assembly in March, lacking just two votes to pass. Lawmakers are planning to reintroduce the bill in the Assembly.
Natalia Gutierrez, 21, is an undocumented CUNY student who qualified for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Obama’s flagship initiative for young undocumented immigrants. Yet two years out she finds herself in a legal limbo.
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