Approved by the: Student Senate - April 4, 2013
Administration - no action required*
Board of Regents - no action required

* The Minnesota Dream Act, which is also known as The Prosperity Act, was passed into Minnesota law in May 2013 and then adopted as an official University of Minnesota policy in July 2013 by Board of Regents resolution. Under this new law and policy, undocumented Minnesota high school graduates meeting certain criteria can benefit in these ways:

  • In-state resident tuition rates for undergraduate and graduate students at public colleges and universities, including all University of Minnesota campuses, regardless of immigration status.
  • State financial aid available to students who meet state residency requirements, regardless of immigration status.
  • Privately funded financial aid through public colleges and universities, including aid from the University of Minnesota, regardless of immigration status.

The University is supportive of the Federal Dream Act legislation and concurs with the Student Senate Resolution.

Resolution in Support of the Federal DREAM Act and Institutionalized Aid
(Modeled after a UCLA undergraduate student governance resolution from 2010)

Whereas, the Student Senate works to fairly represent student interests, needs, and welfare.

Whereas, the University of Minnesota Student Development Goals supports Appreciation of Differences

Whereas, the fee and tuition increases within the UMN system cause undocumented students to be among the most vulnerable to extreme academic and financial pressure.

Whereas, each year, more than 65,000 undocumented students graduate from high school in the United States.

Whereas, these undocumented students regardless of their hard work, dedication, and years in the United States, are still ineligible for any form of university-related scholarships, federal loans, grants, or work study.

Whereas, the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, or the Federal DREAM Act, is a bipartisan bill that seeks to recognize the hard work of undocumented students and provide equitable access to education.

Whereas, the Federal DREAM Act currently has 40 co-sponsors in the Senate and 154 in the House of Representatives.

Whereas, the DREAM Act provides undocumented individuals of good, moral character who have lived in the United States for at least 5 years and attend a 2- or 4-year university a path to conditional permanent residency after completing their college degree within a six (6) year period.

Whereas, this bill aids in alleviating the financial hardship of a college education by providing  undocumented students access to financial aid in the form of loans and work-study.

Whereas, the DREAM Act is at a critical state in the federal legislative system and all measures to support the undocumented population at UMN should be sought out.

Whereas, the DREAM Act has been in the Senate Judiciary committee and both Minnesota Senators Klobuchar and Franken have the political power to bring it to a vote.

Whereas, we ask that the Board Of Regents allow all students access to institutionalized financial aid.

Be it resolved, that the Student Senate supports student efforts and endorses the passage of the Federal DREAM Act. 

Be it resolved, that the Student Senate urges Senators Klobuchar and Franken to bring the DREAM Act up to a vote in the Senate Judiciary committee. 

Be it further resolved, that the Student Senate urges the Board Of Regents to approve institutionalized financial aid to all students – regardless of race, creed, economic background, legalization status, and country of origin, restricted to students who came to the US before being sixteen.

Be it finally resolved, that the Student Senate urges University of Minnesota students, faculty and administration to support these national and statewide initiatives that support the undocumented student population at the University of Minnesota.

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