NJ Politics Digest: More Than 1,000 Undocumented Students Seek College Aid

How many undocumented college students in New Jersey have applied for financial aid? So far, 1,365.


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How many undocumented college students in New Jersey have applied for financial aid? So far, 1,365. Unsplash/Andre Hunter

More than 1,000 undocumented students have applied for college financial aid after Gov. Phil Murphy signed a law in May making them eligible for the assistance.

Administration officials say so far they have received 1,365 applications from undocumented students, though they say they can’t tell how much in state funds have been awarded so far, according to a report by The Record.

Under the law approved by Murphy, in order to qualify for aid students must have attended high school in New Jersey for three or more years, graduated from a New Jersey high school or received the equivalent of a high school diploma in New Jersey, and registered for selective service. Students are also required to submit affidavits indicating they will seek to legalize their immigration status or will file an application as soon as they are able to do so, The Record reports.

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NJ Politics Digest: More Than 1,000 Undocumented Students Seek College Aid