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Tuition aid for students in NY illegally gets bump

ALBANY (AP) -- Supporters of a bill that would give New York students in the U.S. illegally access to state tuition assistance weren't giving it much of a chance in this election year, planning instead for a push in 2015.

But unforeseen support from New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and more Democratic lawmakers has breathed new life into the state's proposed "Dream Act" and given hope to immigrant students who would otherwise be shut out of state financial aid.

The Dream Act proposal includes a budget appropriation of $25 million to open up Tuition Assistance Program money for students in the country illegally.

Prospects for the immigrant financial aid bill remain uncertain in the Senate. Four Senate Democrats haven't publicly weighed in on the bill, which passed easily in the Democrat-controlled Assembly last year.
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