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California Creates Student Loans for Undocumented Students

California Creates Student Loans for Undocumented Students
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Undocumented students in California will have an additional way to pay for college during the next school year, thanks to a loan program signed into law on Sept. 28 by Governor Jerry Brown. It is designed specifically for students without legal residency.

At least 18 states allow undocumented students to pay in-state tuition, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Undocumented students aren’t eligible for federal financial aid such as Pell Grants and federal student loans; nor can they get private student loans. Five of the 18 states—California, Minnesota, New Mexico, Texas, and Washington—fill some of that gap by letting undocumented students receive state financial aid. California’s aid was previously limited to grants and work-study.