The children of illegal U.S. immigrants, are eligible for in-state tuition at the University of Minnesota after the Minn. senate passed the "Path to Prosperity Act" on Wednesday.
The University of Minnesota, along with other state universities and colleges, will allow undocumented children of illegal immigrants to be granted in-state tuition, financial aid, under the Path to Prosperity Act, also known as the Dream Act, CBS said.
The bill will allow these benefits, provided that the illegal immigrants attend a Minnesota high school for at least three years, CBS said.
Fewer than 500 students will take advantage of the Dream Act. Sen. Sandy Pappas said. It is more of a symbolic act stating that immigrants can also get an affordable college education, Star Tribune said.
The Dream Act is sponsored by Sen. Pappas. It has been debated for the past ten years, but has recently gained momentum as immigration reforms are now prevalent at the state and federal level, Star Tribune said.
Marco Loera, an 18-year-old senior at Mayo High School in Rochester said his parents are not U.S citizens and he's not eligible for in-state tuition rates and aid. He said it would be difficult to afford college without in-state rates and financial aid, CBS said.