New York's DREAM Act is one step closer to becoming reality as it was passed by the Assembly on Monday for the second time. The Act now moves to the Senate where it was shot down back in February.

What is the DREAM Act? Who benefits? Is Cuomo pushing for it?

According to the DREAM Act website, the bill does the following:

The New York DREAM Act would allow undocumented students who meet in-state tuition requirements to access state financial aid and scholarships for higher education. It would also open 529 tuition savings accounts to all New York youth, and establish a DREAM Fund Commission to raise private funds for a college scholarship program for children of immigrants.

Simple terms: It provides funds to those in this country illegally to attend college and get a higher education. The website claims that the Act doesn't this would drive people to come to this country illegally but take care of those who are here already.

The requirements to receive the funds are as follows:

  • Have attended a NY high school for at least 2 years and graduated, or obtained a NY GED
  • Enroll in a college or university in the state of New York within 5 years of graduating
  • Affirm they will apply for legal immigration status as soon as they are able to do so.
  • Meet Higher Education Services Corporation’s requirements for TAP
  • Be enrolled as a full-time student taking 12 or more credits per semester
  • Declare a major by the 2nd year of a 2-year program or 3rd year of a 4-year program
  • Maintain a C average
  • Be charged at least $200 tuition per year
  • Meet income eligibility requirements

Governor Cuomo has said he is backing the bill and vowed to get it passed this go around. The lawmakers adjourn at the end of month and a big push is on to get the bill passed before then.



[News 10 / NY DREAM Act]