On May 9, Governor Phil Murphy signed a law expanding eligibility for state financial aid to more New Jersey students. Governor Christie signed tuition equality for immigrant students into law in 2013, but without eligibility for state financial aid, these students often faced prohibitive barriers to earning a college degree.

Dianna Houenou

“Advocates and student activists have been fighting for years to secure a meaningful opportunity for immigrant students to pay for college. When all of our young people have access to higher education, our communities grow stronger. This new law sends a clear and important message that all of New Jersey’s students should have access to financial aid. We applaud the Legislature and Governor Murphy for taking this step to turn the dream of higher education into a reality.”

ACLU-NJ Policy Counsel Dianna Houenou