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Real Hope Act Signed
Thu February 27, 2014
Washington Governor Signs Real Hope Act
Washington is now the fourth state in the nation to give college students who are in the country illegally access to state-funded financial aid. Wednesday, hundreds of students cheered as Governor Jay Inslee signed the “Real Hope” act in as a bill.
Formerly called the “Dream Act,” Inslee told supporters it doesn’t matter what you call it.
“What’s important is what it will do for thousands of bright, talented, and very hard working students across the state of Washington," said Inslee.
The bill will add $5 million dollars to the pot which will cover another 1,000 or so grants. Critics of this measure point out though the financial aid program is already underfunded. Right now, only seven out of every ten students who qualify for the grant actually get it. Meanwhile, the Real Hope act will add another 800 or more students to the pool of eligibility.
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