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SCOTUS begins issuing new opinions, with another expected related to the power of federal agencies, the battleground state of Wisconsin gets a ruling on alternative voting sites, and coastal work is being done to help salt marshes withstand hurricanes.

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The Supreme Court for now protects access to abortion drug mifepristone, while Senate Republicans block a bill protecting access to in-vitro fertilization. Wisconsin's Supreme Court bans mobile voting sites, and colleges deal with funding cuts as legislatures target diversity programs.

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As summer nears, America's newest and largest international dark sky sanctuary beckons, rural job growth is up, but full recovery remains elusive, rural Americans living in prison towns support a transition, while birth control is more readily available in rural areas.

U. of Calif. to Make $5 Million in Loans to Undocumented Students

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Friday, February 5, 2016   

The University of California has announced $5 million in loans to undocumented students.

The Dream Loan program is a follow-up to the California Dream Act of 2011 that allowed some undocumented youth to apply for state aid and scholarships, and to Assembly Bill 540, which granted them in-state tuition.

Dr. Bob Samuels, a lecturer in the writing program at UCLA, said most of these students have spent virtually their entire lives in the United States, and they deserve a shot at success.

"It allows them to pursue the dream of higher education," he said. "What's going to be their motivation when they're in high school to do well, if they know there's no future for them?"

It costs about $33,000 a year to attend a UC school and live on campus.

Chris Carter, director of student financial support for the University of California's Office of the President, said undocumented students are hobbled by the fact that they're barred from receiving the all-important federal money.

"The overwhelming share of loan dollars are through federal loan programs, and these students are not eligible for federal financial assistance," he said. "And so, this loan program is intended to help fill that gap."

He said the Dream Loan program will immediately be available to the 3,000 undocumented students already attending one of the nine UC campuses. It will be available to incoming freshmen starting next year.

More information is online at admission.universityofcalifornia.edu.


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