Texas Law Offers Financial Aid and In State Tuition to Undocumented
POSTED: Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - 9:47pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, September 22, 2010 - 12:04pm
Two Students Speak Out on Both Sides of the Issue
Millions of Texas taxpayer dollars are being spent to give undocumented immigrants free money towards their college education.
What's known as the Noriega Law, allows for non-residents and undocumented immigrants to receive financial aid and in state tuition.
Tonight on Newschannel 9, we'll take a deeper look at how this law affects students on both sides of the issue.
One student is a Non U.S. Citizen who received aid to attend college. The other is a U.S. citizen who says she didn't qualify for financial aid.
Here's more information on the law itself and the number of students who benefit from it.
Texas - A law which allows undocumented immigrants to receive in-state tuition and financial aid is being challenged.
The lawsuit comes as recent numbers show the number of students benefitting from the law is increasing.
According to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, in Fall 2009 12,138 used the program.
That covers about 1% of students in Texas Universities.
THEC Board says in Fall of 2009 UTEP had 94 students benefit from the program.
From Fall 2005 to Summer of 2008 the state of Texas awarded $33.6 million in state and financial aid to those students.
The law was passed in 2001 and amended in 2005.
In order to qualify for the program students must have lived in Texas for the three years leading up to high school graduation or GED and file an affidavit indicating intent to apply for permanent residency status as soon as they are able to do so.
Critics are now questioning how much aid non U.S. residents and undocumented immigrants should receive, especially in tough economic times.
The Immigration Reform Coalition of Texas has since sued several Texas Universities.
Supporters of the law say it's necessary to help immigrants enter the workforce.