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2014 Senate Bill 6523: Expanding higher education opportunities for certain students
Introduced by Sen. Barbara Bailey (Oak Harbor) (R) on January 31, 2014 Adds students who receive Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) status to the eligibility for the State Needs Grant (SNG) tuition assistance program. DACA status applies too children who were brought by their parents to the US illegally. The bill, known as the "Real Hope Act," makes DACA status students eligible for the SNG if they completed the full senior year of high school and obtained a diploma at a Washington public or private high school, or received the equivalent of a diploma; lived in Washington for at least three years immediately prior to receiving the diploma or its equivalent; and continuously lived in the state after receiving the diploma or its equivalent and until being admitted to a public institution of higher education. See also HB 1817, which makes similar provisions and is known as the "Washington State Dream Act.".   Official Text and Analysis.
Passed 35 to 10 in the Senate on January 31, 2014
Received in the House on February 4, 2014
Referred to the House Appropriations Committee on February 4, 2014
Referred to the House Rules Committee on February 13, 2014
Passed 75 to 22 in the House on February 18, 2014
Signed by Gov. Jay Inslee on February 26, 2014

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