“Many undocumented students still lack the financial wherewithal to pay for school,” Lara said. “They are having to risk a withdrawal from college.”
Illegal immigrants are not eligible for loans and other financial aid from the federal government, a gap the bill is supposed to address. They are eligible for in-state tuition at California’s public university system.
Christopher Carter, director of student financial support with the University of California, said he thinks “it’s important to be able to put them on a level playing field” and to give undocumented students the “same advantage, the same opportunity that we give their documented counterparts on campus.”