State: NJ granted $1.6M in state aid to undocumented students
New Jersey granted $1.625 million in state aid to over 500 undocumented students for the 2018-2019 academic year, according to state officials.
The report from the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority states that 513 students received financial aid grants in the fall of 2018.
The students were all part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which means that they were brought into the country illegally when they were only children.
Gov. Phil Murphy signed the law in May 2018 to allow undocumented students to apply for state financial aid to attend state colleges. Students were eligible if they attended high school in New Jersey for three or more years and graduated from a high school in the state.
Under the law, students who received the financial aid must sign an affidavit that they will apply to regularize their immigration status once they are able to do so. Male students between the ages of 18 and 25 must also register with the Selective Service, as required by state law for all financial aid applicants.
Critics of the law have said that it favors non-citizens over citizens who should be receiving the financial aid.