San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee applauded Gov. Jerry Brown’s approval of the California Dream Act on Saturday.
The act allows all low-income students who have graduated high school after at least three years in California to apply for financial aid – regardless of their citizenship status.
“I applaud the courage of our governor and the State Legislature to take solid steps to remove barriers to higher education and help students succeed at a time when other states are putting up obstacles for our low income students,” Lee said.
Lee said the measure would help ensure students get an equal shot at higher education and help work toward a more educated workforce for San Francisco.
In July, Brown signed the first half of the California Dream Act, which allows immigrant students to apply for private scholarships and grants.
The second, more controversial half of the California Dream Act allows immigrant students to apply for Cal Grant financial aid under the same guidelines as all other students.
Saturday, Brown announced that he signed the second half of the act.