UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS TO RECEIVE COLLEGE FUNDING FROM BUSH, GINGRICH, AND OTHERS

NEWT GINGRICH AND JEB BUSH

NEWT GINGRICH AND JEB BUSH

WASHINGTON - A group of Republicans and Democrats has launched a $25 million college scholarship fund for undocumented young immigrants in the United States.

Former Washington Post CEO Don Graham, who leads the group, said that helping to make college affordable is a step in the right direction while Congress weighs comprehensive immigration reform.

TheDream.Us fund will award 1,000 full-tuition scholarships to students living in the U.S. as temporary residents under President Obama’s Defferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

Graham, Democratic National Committee Finance chairman Henry Muñoz, former Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Inter-American Development Bank are among the scholarship fund’s financiers.

Big-name Republicans such as Jeb Bush, Newt Gingrich and Grover Norquist have endorsed the fund.
College students legally in the U.S. via deferred action don’t qualify for federal student aid or Pell grants.
State aid and scholarships vary from state to state. About 18 states offer in-state tuition rates to all young, undocumented students — regardless of their legal situation.

TheDream.US is giving scholarships to students pursuing degrees in non-liberal arts fields such as nursing, teaching and accounting. So far, it has distributed 38 scholarships, and winners are attending a specific set of colleges.

The scholarships will be worth $25,000 each, and TheDream.US worked out tuition rates with specific schools to ensure that the money will cover the full cost of a degree

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