On Wednesday, Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation allowing DREAMers students to apply for state financial aid assistance, according to a press release from the Governor.
With the legislation, New Jersey now becomes the ninth state to make tuition and financial aid available to DREAMers.
“Tuition equity and equal access to financial aid are moral standards that we as public officials must uphold for all New Jersey students, whether they were born here or not,” Murphy said in the press release. “These young people came to this country as children, were educated in our schools, and are just as American as anyone else. I’m proud to sign this legislation to help these students achieve their educational goals and their pursuit of a successful future.”
In 2013, Governor Chris Christie conditionally vetoed a tuition and aid equality bill.
Requirements for students include attendance in a New Jersey high school for three or more years, graduation from a New Jersey high or school or receiving the equivalent of a high school diploma, registration of a higher education no earlier than 2013-2014 and filing of an affidavit stating that the student has filed an application to legalize their immigration status.