OLYMPIA, Wash. - About 200 new laws take effect this week, including one that expands state financial aid for college students who are in the country without legal status.
The law, officially called the "Real Hope Act" but also known as the Washington Dream Act, takes effect Thursday. The new law requires students to have received a high school diploma or equivalent in Washington state and to have lived in the state for at least three years before they can be eligible to apply for the aid.
The law allocates an additional $5 million through June 30, 2015, from the general fund to add to the state need grant program, bringing the program's total budget up to $308 million. The extra money is meant to help cover up to 1,250 additional applicants, but applicants aren't guaranteed grants.
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