Illinois Governor Pat Quinn recently signed the DREAM Act into law, a bill that allows illegal immigrant students to obtain private college scholarships and enroll in state college savings plans, Fox News Latino reports. The bill was signed into law in Chicago at the Benito Juarez Community Academy.
The DREAM Act requires that students have at least one immigrant parents, either legal or undocumented, and have attended school in Illinois for at least three years to qualify for scholarships. Students must also be graduates from an Illinois high school or received a GED in the state.
Students taking advantage of the DREAM Act can only receive scholarships from private funds, and no public money will go toward these educational grants. However, included in the law is the formation of the Illinois DREAM Fund Commission.
According to the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, this commission will be made up of nine unpaid members who will raise private funds for scholarships and publicize the scholarships available to undocumented students.
The bill is different from the federal initiative with the same name that would provide a pathway to citizenship for some undocumented immigrants if it were to pass.