Support for DREAM Act Strengthens in California
The nation provides undocumented students access to public education at K-12 schools. After completing high school successfully, some wish to acquire college educations. However, when they apply for state or federal financial aid, authorities turn them away. Under current law, undocumented students admitted to colleges in the U.S. are denied financial aid for higher education. These students may include bright and talented individuals who have the potential to become lawyers, teachers, doctors, or other in-demand professionals. The passage of the DREAM Act would provide benefits to such students, who, although they were brought up in the U.S., do not have the benefits of citizenship. Many of these students were brought by their parents illegally into the United States as children.
If the DREAM Act becomes law, approximately 65,000 immigrants who graduate from high school each year will be eligible for legal residency. The eligibility requirements laid out by the act are as follows:
- The student must have entered the United States before turning 16.
- The student should have stayed in the country for at least five years prior to the date of enactment.
- The student needs to have graduated from a U.S. high school or obtained a GED.
- The student must demonstrate "good moral character." (He or she cannot have a criminal record or a history of drug charges.)
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IRS Reminds Students of "Tax-Advantaged Education Expenses"
By Surajit Sen Sharma
On September 11th, the IRS news release "Back-to-School Tax Breaks Help Teachers Pay Classroom Costs; Aid Parents, Students With College Tuition" stressed the importance of saving receipts and maintaining expense records to take full advantage of deductions on educational expenses and credits available on federal income tax returns for 2007.
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