On Tuesday, students and family members from CT Students for a DREAM will head to Hartford to petition state legislators for fair and equal treatment in access to financial aid.
The demonstrators will demand that legislators support a new bill that would open access to institutional financial aid to undocumented students from Connecticut that attend Connecticut public colleges and universities.
The bill, An Act Promoting Access To Higher Education for In-State Students, would allow all students that are eligible for in-state tuition regardless of immigration status, to receive financial aid funded by their own tuition money. The bill would ensure the state financial aid system is fair and will treat all Connecticut students equally.
"I have lived in Connecticut since I was 5," said Cynthia Perez, a DREAMer and student at Southern Connecticut State University, "I went to elementary school, middle school, and high school here. Now, all I want is the chance to be treated fairly and equally and to chase my dreams. This bill would help give me that chance."
Currently the bill sits in the Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee waiting for key legislators to move it forward.
The demonstration at the Legislative Office Building will begin around noon.
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