On Saturday, Governor Jerry Brown signed the second part of the Dream Act, granting financial aid to illegal immigrant college students.
The Dream Act passed in Congress in September but California is only the third state to implement it. Texas and New Mexico are the only other states allowing college aid to be given to illegal immigrants.
In July, Brown signed a bill allowing illegal immigrants to receive scholarships from privately-funded colleges. Grouped together, the two bills are being referred to as the “California Dream Act.”
The new law would affect 3,633 students at state universities, which is less than one percent of the 440,000 students enrolled for the current school year. For community colleges, 34,057 of about 2.9 million students will be affected.