Undocumented students in NJ will soon be eligible for college financial aid

Murphy: Dreamers are just as much New Jerseyans as my kids.

Steve Tawa
May 09, 2018 - 1:43 pm
Governor Phil Murphy signs a bill allowing New Jersey DREAMers to be eligible to receive state tuition assistance.

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NEWARK, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has signed a bill that would extend tuition assistance to undocumented students in the state to help pay for their educations. 

The signing ceremony was at Rutgers University in Newark, which Murphy called "the most diverse campus in America."

"Our Dreamers grew up here," Murphy said. "They were educated in our schools. They want to be part of the future economic success of the only home many of them have ever known. Our Dreamers are just as much New Jerseyans as my and Tammy's four kids."

Rutgers student and DACA recipient Esder Chong said that, while the federal government is launching unprecedented attacks on young immigrants, New Jersey has their backs.

"Up until today, countless Dreamers have missed out on the opportunity to attend college, graduate, and join the New Jersey workforce, because college is so out of reach financially," Chong said. 

New Jersey is the 10th state to make financial aid available to eligible students without legal status.