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Assembly drops financial aid from tuition bill

12-19-13

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Assembly has passed a compromise immigrant tuition bill, which Gov. Chris Christie is set to sign on Friday.

The Assembly vote came Thursday evening.

Christie said earlier in the day he was prepared to sign the bill if the Legislature agreed to drop a financial aid provision.

The measure extends the cheaper in-state tuition rate to students in the United States illegally.

They currently pay the more expensive out-of-state rate to attend state colleges and universities, even if they live here.

At least a dozen states have similar laws, including Texas and California, the two states with larger foreign-born populations than New Jersey.

Christie objected to these students being eligible for financial aid because of the additional cost to the state, and over fears that New Jersey could become a magnet for foreign-born students from other states.