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May 13, 2016 06:23 AM EDT

University of California President Janet Napolitano: Announces $8M Support For Undocumented College Students [VIDEO]

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Undocumented students enrolled in University of California may continue to receive financial support from the administration. University of California President Janet Napolitano has allotted $8M additional funding for undocumented college students to continue with their studies for three more years until 2019.

University of California President Janet Napolitano is committed to keep undocumented students in school until they graduate. She prioritizes the continuing education of undocumented students ever since she took the University of California presidential post in 2013. The $25M budget fund will be divided for three years. It follows the previous budget of $5M for an iniative that started in 2013, Steve Montiel, Napolitano's spokesperson, told MSNBC. The previous budget is scheduled to end in the next month.


There are approximately 3,000 University of Caliofrnia students who are undocumented that could benefit from Napolitano's continued initiative. The $8M support will be allocated to three priorities across the 10 campuses of University of California. Napolitano plans to allocate $5 million to University of California's DREAM Loan Program per year for three years at least.

The DREAM Loan Program is dedicated for undocumented students or illegal immigrants who have come to the country to study. This will greatly help undocumented students in the University of California to pay for their schooling as they cannot apply for loans or receive any sort of aid from the federal government. The rate of interest from the loan is similar to the rate from federal direct student loans.

Another $2.5 million will go to fellowship programs in the schools as well as textbooks per year, according to a press release. The University of California's Undocumented Legal Services Center will also get $900,000 budget every year.

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