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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

UC Berkeley Scholarships to Pay for Undocumented Students

Posted By on Tue, Dec 11, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Money well spent
  • Money well spent

Well, this should help some Berkeley students with their skyrocketing tuition.

UC Berkeley announced this morning that it received $1 million from the Evelyn and Walter Hass Jr. Foundation to help fund scholarships for undocumented students -- the largest gift of its kind in the nation.

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The Dreamers Fund, which will be distributed next fall, will help almost 200 undocumented students from 20 different countries.

Since undocumented students are not eligible for federal loans or grants, paying Berkeley's $12,000 annual tuition, never mind living expenses, is a challenge at best. However, after the Dream Act was passed last year, undocumented students became eligible for state and privately funded scholarships provided they arrived in the U.S. before age 16 and attended school here.

A support center for undocumented students will also open next fall, thanks to an additional $300,000 gift from Elise Hass.

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