User Login    
 + Register
PDQ Cleaning
News : A+ Expansion May Include Students Who Arrived To The US Illegally
Posted by Randy on 2014/7/18 4:49:21 (225 reads) News by the same author

St. Louis, MO. (AP) - Missouri's A+ program could be expanded to include high school students who came to the U.S illegally before turning 16.
Click to see original Image in a new window

The Missouri Department of Higher Education is taking a look at its wording of what qualifies a student as "legally present." Currently, students who are not legally present cannot receive any financial aid. However, if it adds students who have applied to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, those students would be able to receive financial aid.

Students who applied for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals" status could be available for the scholarship, which pays for two years of education at a community college.

The proposal to extend A+ to students in the Deferred Action process contradicts a measure passed in Missouri last legislative session. HB 2003 says no student can receive in-state tuition if he or she is "unlawfully present," but the expansion of the A+ program would not be breaking the new law.

"Under Missouri statute if you are legally present then you're eligible for certain financial aid programs and A+ is the primary program that is effected," said Deputy Commissioner of Higher Education Leroy Wade.

People can apply for Deferred Action if they meet the following criteria, according to the DHS.

1. Came to the United States under the age of sixteen;
2. Have lived in the United States for five years;
3. Are currently in school, have graduated from high school, completed the GED, or are honorably discharged veterans;
4. Have not been convicted of a felony offense or a threat to security of the nation;
5. Are not above the age of 30.

"The question people were asking is that when they gave Deferred Action to these young people it said that they didn't have legal status. But the question was, 'did they have legal presence?' which is key, and those two things are different," Bill Thornton, general counsel for the Department of Higher Education said. "Later they updated it and said these young people have legal presence and that is what made the impact on the Missouri statute."

Wade said the Missouri Department of Higher Education has no time table for making a decision.

Printer Friendly Page Send this Story to a Friend Create a PDF from the article


Other articles
2015/1/27 20:10:00 - Steady Effort, White's 30, Lead NCMC Women To 7th Straight Win
2015/1/27 15:09:55 - North Central Missouri College Surges To #11 In NJCAA Poll
2015/1/27 14:52:51 - NCMC Softball Signs South Nodaway Senior
2015/1/27 13:39:02 - Royals Sign Dyson To One-Year Deal
2015/1/27 11:14:55 - Rams Commit To Play 2015 Season In St. Louis, But Future Remains Murky
2015/1/27 11:00:00 - Gallatin Hoops Teams Advance To Hamilton Semifinals
2015/1/27 10:50:00 - Minus Parkey, Chillicothe Lady Hornets Blitz Excelsior, Move To 16-1
2015/1/27 10:40:00 - Gilman City Ladyhawks Move Into Potential Rematch With North Harrison
2015/1/27 10:20:00 - Tina-Avalon Clips Mercer In Meadville Tourney Quarterfinal
2015/1/27 9:07:49 - Trenton Kids Boast Four Titles At Lathrop Tournaments
2015/1/27 9:03:40 - Mason Mounce Wins 160 Pound Title At Brookfield Tournament
2015/1/27 8:50:00 - Trenton JV And Freshmen Lose At Bishop LeBlond
2015/1/27 6:40:00 - KCP&L To Become Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Leader
2015/1/27 6:38:43 - City Seeks Bids For Mold Removal
2015/1/27 4:45:41 - Missouri Dairy Revitalization Act Brings High Hopes For Farmers
2015/1/27 4:41:43 - Missouri Panel Endorses Limits To Unemployment Benefits
2015/1/27 4:40:00 - Trenton Man Arrested On Charge Of Stealing From Royal Inn Pizza
2015/1/27 4:39:58 - MDC Reports Two New Cases Of CWD In Adair And Macon Counties
2015/1/27 4:25:14 - When Street Harassers Realize The Women They're Catcalling Are Their Moms In Disguise
2015/1/27 4:12:28 - Mom Blames Target For 22-Year Old Son's Suicide, Files Lawsuit
2015/1/27 4:07:35 - Ex-CIA Officer From Missouri Convicted Of Leaking Secrets To Reporter
2015/1/27 4:05:16 - Suspect Shot By Police In Hannibal
2015/1/27 3:59:23 - Girl Suspected Of Stealing Diamond Necklace Worth $4.6 Million
2015/1/27 3:54:08 - Bodies Found After Georgia Couple Lured By Craigslist Contact
2015/1/27 3:51:28 - Millions Hunker Down As Northeast Storm Totals Downgraded
2015/1/27 3:47:35 - 17 Missouri Defendants Among 26 Indicted for $16 Million Drug-trafficking Conspiracy
2015/1/26 10:40:00 - Buchanan County Shooting Kills One, Injures Mid-Buchanan School Nurse
2015/1/26 10:20:04 - KC Royals Invite 25 Players To Major League Spring Training
2015/1/26 10:15:52 - Grundy R-5 Coaches Shows For Monday, 1/26/15
2015/1/26 9:30:00 - NCMC Women Rip First Place In Region 16 From STLCC



Bookmark this article at these sites

                   

Listen to KTTN-FM