Eliminating barriers and providing all New Yorkers with access to a college education without discrimination, the DREAM Act opens the doors of opportunity for thousands of deserving New Yorkers including many in the Bronx, Assemblywoman Latoya Joyner (D-Bronx, 77th AD) said. It is an investment in making New York State more inclusive that adds to the strength of our diversity.
The investment in higher education made through the DREAM Act will unlock the doors to economic opportunity by:
- Expands access to a college education for students who meet certain eligibility requirements such as attending high school in New York but are undocumented
- Ensuring all New Yorks students have access to the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) and other educational assistance programs such as; the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP), Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), Collegiate Science and Technology Program (C-STEP) and similar programs at community colleges
- Establishes a scholarship fund with private donations the DREAM Fund and expands access to the New York State College Tuition Assistance Savings (529) Program so that children of undocumented immigrant parents with a valid taxpayer identification number can set up tuition savings accounts