National Association of Independent College and University State Executives (NAICUSE)
National Association of Independent College and University State Executives (NAICUSE)

State financial aid for “dreamers”

Good morning

NL legislature is currently moving a bill that would provide state financial aid to dreamers. In 2013 NJ provided that dreamers would be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities but then Governor Christie would not take the next step and allow them financial aid.

Now with a new Democratic governor the legislature is moving to provide financial aid to the dreamers. Since however the bill is based on the 2013 law which only impact public colleges since it dealt only with the in-state tuition issue the bill currently does not include dreamers that are attending independent colleges. All of our state financial aid programs currently are provided no matter which sector the student attend. The sponsors and advocates are considering an amendment to include our institutions but one wanted to know what other states have done on this issue.

So – if your state provides state financial aid to dreamers do students at both public and independent colleges receive the aid?

Thanks

Dave

R. David Rousseau
Vice President, Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in NJ
797 Springfield Ave
Summit, NJ 07901
Cell (609) 203-7579
Office (908) 277-3738)

From: Paul Cerkvenik [mailto:PCerkvenik@mnprivatecolleges.org]
Sent: Monday, March 05, 2018 11:25 AM
To: SEpolicy <sepolicy@server1.naicu.edu>
Subject: RE:[sepolicy] State financial aid for “dreamers”

In MN, our state financial aid program provides aid to Dreamers, and that aid is available to dreamer students at both public and private colleges.

Paul
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Paul D. Cerkvenik
President and Chief Executive Officer
Minnesota Private College Council
& Minnesota Private College Fund
Phone: 651-293-6812
pcerkvenik@mnprivatecolleges.org
www.mnprivatecolleges.org

From: Gary Cox [mailto:Gary.Cox@aikcu.org]
Sent: Monday, March 05, 2018 11:41 AM
To: SEpolicy <sepolicy@server1.naicu.edu>
Subject: Re: [sepolicy] State financial aid for “dreamers”

Only KY residents who also are US citizens are eligible to participate in KY financial aid programs.

Gary S. Cox, PhD
President
Association of Independent KY Colleges & Universities
484 Chenault Rd., Frankfort, KY 40601
502.695.5007 V
502.695.5057 F
www.aikcu.org

From: Erica Romero [mailto:erica.romero@aiccu.edu]
Sent: Monday, March 05, 2018 11:38 AM
To: SEpolicy <sepolicy@server1.naicu.edu>
Subject: Re: [sepolicy] State financial aid for “dreamers”

Yes, in 2011 the state passed the California Dream Act of 2011 to extend financial aid to students at both the publics and the privates (we already had in-state tuition for a decade before that).

From: Susan Stitely [mailto:sstitely@vermont-icolleges.org]
Sent: Monday, March 05, 2018 11:49 AM
To: SEpolicy <sepolicy@server1.naicu.edu>
Subject: Re: [sepolicy] State financial aid for “dreamers”

In Vermont, our state need-based program is open to private and public students. The granting agency felt they had the authority to extend grants to the Dreamers without additional legislation.

On Mar 5, 2018, at 11:38 AM, Erica Romero <erica.romero@aiccu.edu> wrote:

Yes, in 2011 the state passed the California Dream Act of 2011 to extend financial aid to students at both the publics and the privates (we already had in-state tuition for a decade before that).

From: Mike LeFever [mailto:mike@scicu.org]
Sent: Monday, March 05, 2018 11:49 AM
To: SEpolicy <sepolicy@server1.naicu.edu>
Subject: RE:[sepolicy] State financial aid for “dreamers”

In South Carolina an alien unlawfully present in the United States is not eligible on the basis of residence for a public higher education benefit including, but not limited to, scholarships, financial aid, grants, or resident tuition. A bill to make an exception for Dreamers is pending, but it is not expected to pass before the session ends in early May.

Mike LeFever
President & CEO
South Carolina Independent Colleges & Universities
1706 Senate Street
Columbia, South Carolina 29201
O-803-799-7122|C-803-600-2537|F-803-254-7504
mike@scicu.org|www.scicu.org|

From: Kristen Grainger [mailto:grainger@oaicu.org]
Sent: Monday, March 05, 2018 11:50 AM
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Cc: SEpolicy <sepolicy@server1.naicu.edu>
Subject: Re: [sepolicy] State financial aid for “dreamers”

For Oregon, yes.
Kristen Grainger
President
Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges & Universities
18 schools | 37,000 students | Working Together To Make A Difference
www.oaicu.org
503.931.3702

From: Tina Bjarekull [mailto:Tbjarekull@micua.org]
Sent: Monday, March 05, 2018 12:18 PM
To: SEpolicy <sepolicy@server1.naicu.edu>
Subject: RE:[sepolicy] State financial aid for “dreamers”

Maryland does not provide financial aid to Dreamers yet. However, a bill has been introduced this session to extend State financial aid to students who are eligible for in-state tuition. The way our financial aid statute is written, this bill would extend State financial aid to students attending Maryland’s independent institutions.

Tina

Tina Bjarekull
President of MICUA
(410) 269-0306

From: Violet A. Boyer [mailto:Violet@icwashington.org]
Sent: Monday, March 05, 2018 12:35 PM
To: SEpolicy <sepolicy@server1.naicu.edu>
Subject: RE: [sepolicy] State financial aid for “dreamers”

I didn’t get the original message, but will reply to this one…
I am attaching the one pager of the history with our policy on undocumented students. In addition, at the Gov’s desk is a bill that makes undocumented students (not DACA) eligible for the other aid programs, and includes DACA in the undocumented category for when DACA expires. That bill is also attached.

http://apps2.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=1488&Year=2017&BillNumber=1488&Year=2017

All of Washington’s aid programs are student focused – they follow the student to whatever college they choose.

Violet A. Boyer
President and CEO
Independent Colleges of Washington
600 Stewart Street, Ste 600, Seattle 98101
v: 206-623-4494 c: 206-714-2402
WEB: www.ICWashington.org
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From: Don Francis [mailto:francis@aicup.org]
Sent: Monday, March 05, 2018 12:45 PM
To: SEpolicy <sepolicy@server1.naicu.edu>
Subject: RE:[sepolicy] State financial aid for “dreamers”

Pennsylvania does not provide either in-state tuition at public universities or student aid to DACA students. Currently, all student aid is student-focused allowing the student to take it to the Pennsylvania college or university of his/her choice.

Don

From: Ed Moore [mailto:EMoore@icuf.org]
Sent: Monday, March 05, 2018 1:23 PM
To: SEpolicy <sepolicy@server1.naicu.edu>
Cc: Theresa Antworth <tantworth@icuf.org>
Subject: [sepolicy] FW: State financial aid for “dreamers”

All three larger programs, BF, FSAG and FRAG require residency which for dependents (those under 24) means the residency of their parents. There is a clause that states, “A dependent child who is a United States citizen may not be denied classification as a resident for tuition purposes based solely upon the immigration status of his or her parent.” But they’re not dreamers by definition.

Many years ago they were granted in-state tuition rights however if they meet certain requirements.
Ed Moore

From: Robert LeFevre [mailto:rlefevre@micolleges.org]
Sent: Monday, March 05, 2018 1:46 PM
To: SEpolicy <sepolicy@server1.naicu.edu>
Cc: SEpolicy <sepolicy@server1.naicu.edu>
Subject: Re: [sepolicy] State financial aid for “dreamers”

Only Michigan residents who also are US citizens are eligible to participate in MI financial aid programs. the legislature has a series of bills this session to reaffirm that aid is not available to illegal immigrants, DACA or otherwise.

All of Michigan’s state based financial aid programs are available to students at independent colleges, however, the Tuition Grant is only available to our students and not students at public universities.

Robert

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Robert LeFevre I President
Michigan Independent Colleges & Universities
One Michigan Ave., Suite 950
Lansing, MI 48933
(517) 372-9160 (o)
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From: Robert P. Burke [mailto:RBURKE@aicuo.edu]
Sent: Monday, March 05, 2018 3:22 PM
To: SEpolicy <sepolicy@server1.naicu.edu>
Subject: Re: [sepolicy] State financial aid for “dreamers”

David,

Last year our state NASFAA affiliate had a presentation on this very subject and I’ve attached a copy for you. Pages 10 and 11 answer your question about how aid to dreamers works in Ohio. And yes, the aid programs cited here – OCOG, the need-based Ohio College Opportunity Grant, and Choose Ohio First, the science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medical scholarship program – are available to students at both public and private colleges.

Bob

Robert P. Burke
Director of Research
Association of Independent Colleges & Universities of Ohio
rburke@aicuo.edu
614-228-2196
www.aicuo.edu