Universities support loans for undocumented students

Administrators from California's two public university systems have called for the state to provide student loans to some immigrants in the country illegally, to cover expenses not met with state scholarships, reports Patrick McGreevy for the Los Angeles Times.

University of California President Janet Napolitano and Sacramento State President Alexander Gonzalez said their university systems were backing legislation creating the loan programme, which will cost the state and campuses up to US$9.1 million in the first year. Napolitano noted that the state previously granted students in the country illegally access to state scholarships and the in-state residence rate.

However, those students are not eligible for federal student loans so there is a gap in their financial aid of up to US$6,000 annually for those attending the University of California campuses and US$3,000 for students at California State University schools.
Full report on the Los Angeles Times site