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RB UC Davis Freshmen 2(2).JPGUniversity of California students are campaigning in favor of two bills that would allow some undocumented immigrants to get financial aid while they attend college.

Throughout February, UC's Student Association is urging students on campuses statewide to write postcards to Gov. Jerry Brown asking him to sign Assembly Bills 130 and 131 by Gil Cedillo, D-Los Angeles.

The measures, which are now before the Assembly Committee on Higher Education, would allow illegal immigrant students who qualify for in-state tuition to also qualify for financial aid.

The state Supreme Court ruled in November that public universities can continue charging the discounted in-state tuition rate to students who attended a California high school and graduated -- regardless of their immigration status. But right now those students are not eligible for financial aid.

Cedillo's bills -- known as the California DREAM Act -- would change that.

"California has the opportunity to pass the California DREAM Act this year, with our newly elected governor who pledged to do so during his gubernatorial campaign," UCLA student Gilberto Soria said in a statement.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed a similar measure last year, saying in his veto message that "given the precarious fiscal condition the state faces at this time, it would not be prudent to place additional demands on our limited financial aid resources as specified in this bill."

UC students plan to deliver their postcards in support of the bills to Brown during UC's annual lobbying day on Feb. 28.

PHOTO CAPTION: Incoming freshmen tour the campus during a freshman orientation at UC Davis in Davis on Wednesday, August 5, 2009. Randall Benton / Sacramento Bee file photo


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