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Immigrants at Risk of Proposed Missouri Scholarship Ban

Sep 7, 2015

Missouri lawmakers are supporting a bill that would block students who are not citizens or permanent residents from getting the A Scholarship.
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  The number of Missouri lawmakers who support a ban on a state scholarship going to immigrants brought illegally to the county could outnumber the impacted students.

At issue is a bill that would block students who are not citizens or permanent residents from getting the A+ Scholarship. The scholarship funds two years of community college for those who meet grade-point average, attendance and community service requirements.

Democratic Governor Jay Nixon vetoed the proposed ban.

The Department of Higher Education estimates 200-300 immigrants without lawful status might enroll in college this year. Fewer likely would be eligible for the scholarship.

That could mean that more lawmakers in the roughly 200-person Legislature want to ban the scholarship than there are immigrants who could be affected.