New Jersey Shells Out $4 Million In College Financial Aid To Illegal Immigrant Students

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Posted: Aug 20, 2019 3:45 PM
New Jersey Shells Out $4 Million In College Financial Aid To Illegal Immigrant Students

Source: AP Photo/Noah K. Murray

Perhaps one of the stranger things about leftists is not only their refusal to admit that there is a border crisis but their willful ignorance of how the problem affects the rest of the country. For example, New Jersey now has such a large number of illegal immigrants that the state allows college-aged students from these families to apply for financial aid if they attend school in-state. During the state's first year offering the money, New Jersey spent more than $3.8 million on undocumented students during the 2018-2019 academic year. 

USA Today reports that "that 749 students in total received the aid during both the fall and spring semesters of the 2018-19 school year. Most of the aid, more than $3.5 million, was awarded under the New Jersey Tuition Aid Grant, or TAG, program."

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed the law in May of 2018. It expanded the Tuition Equality Act to include students without legal status who have attended high school "for three or more years and either graduated from a New Jersey high school or received the equivalent of a high school diploma in New Jersey."

In exchange, all students have to do is sign an affidavit that they will change their legal status at some point. Critics of the bill say this money should be used for United States citizens and folks who are actually in the country legally instead. 

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A recent report came out that shows New Jersey is in the top 10 states in the country for average student debt. "New Jersey ranks 45th out of 50 states and Washington, D.C., on the list of average student debt by state, with the average student loan debt per borrower for New Jersey being $33,593. Utah ranks first with its average of $19,742," Roi-NJ.com reports

There is no limit on how many undocumented students can apply for the financial aid.