After a year-long lobbying effort, undocumented students were able to convince some lawmakers and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy that they should have access to financial aid.
These students, or “Dreamers,” are the children of undocumented immigrants who came to this country as children and attended Connecticut’s public schools, but through no fault of their own are in the country illegally.
They won the right to pay in-state tuition rates in 2011, but cost remained a factor for many.
“Even with in-state tuition, we saw that a lot of undocumented students were still not going to college — the cost was a barrier,” Lucas Codognolla, lead director of Connecticut Students for a Dream, said.
Both Senate President Martin Looney and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy want to expand their access to higher education this year.
Looney proposed …