Friday, February 15, 2008

ASU ends Illegal Alien Scholarships

from Tim Richardson

ASU ends scholarship program for illegal immigrants

John Faherty and Maxine Park
The Arizona Republic
Feb. 15, 2008 05:40 PM

A controversial scholarship which benefited Arizona State University students who are in the country illegally has quietly faded away.

As many as 200 students who graduated from Arizona high schools received the private scholarship money through the university this year.

But now the money is spent, and ASU is advising students who depended on it to "seek private funding sources."

The scholarships were a response to Proposition 300, a voter-approved law that requires illegal immigrants to pay the out-of-state tuition rate at the state's public universities and colleges.

The proposition also prohibits those students from receiving any type of financial assistance that is funded with taxpayer money.

In September, ASU President Michael Crow, said the university was helping students with private money already in the school's coffers.

Based on Crow's estimate that 150-200 students would receive the aid, the total amount disbursed was approximately $1.8 million.

Terri Shafer, the Assistant Vice President, Office of Public Affairs, wrote in an e-mail that ASU will continue to try to help the students.

ASU will provide a list of private funding sources for interested students. Included on the list are some sources that do not take citizenship status into consideration of scholarships and grants.

State Rep. John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, is thrilled ASU will no longer be providing money to these students.

"The university should never have been complicit in bypassing the will of the voters," Kavanagh said. Prop. 300 passed in 2006 with the support of nearly seven of 10 . "They were given tuition breaks to illegal immigrants."

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