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Lawmakers discuss bill to allow financial help for undocumented students

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Undocumented students support bill that would allow them to receive financial aid. (WFSB) Undocumented students support bill that would allow them to receive financial aid. (WFSB)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Financial aid is a challenge for many students, but for those who are undocumented, it is impossible to get.

Some lawmakers are now trying to change that.

They are considering a bill that would allow those students to get financial help.

Many students said they are supporting that bill, like Yenimar Cortes who will be graduating from high school this year, and has been accepted to most of the schools she applied to, but she can’t get financial aid.

"This would complete my dreams and help me afford college,” Cortes said.

She was born in Mexico and moved to the United States when she was 2 years old. She is also one of hundreds, maybe even thousands, of undocumented students who are not eligible for financial aid.

"We should fight to get an education because that's what we all want - we want to be successful in life and help others with our careers; that's what we want too,” Cortes said.

There is institutional aid, which is money given by the schools that is paid in part by tuition.

"The aid we are pursuing is institutional revenue which undocumented students are paying into,” said Lucas Codognolla, a college graduate.

The cost of doing this could be tough for lawmakers to take on right now, given the state’s financial problems.

Some said the human costs and the lack of access could be even greater.

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