UT Austin Wants to Dole out Aid to Illegal Aliens

Sunday, July 21, 2019
By Paul Martin

By Jose Nino
Jul 20, 2019

The University of Texas at Austin is handing out free tuition, but only to students with families making less than or equal to $65,000.

But it doesn’t stop there. Non-citizens and illegal aliens get to receive this aid as well. Other students are eligible for financial aid, but they don’t receive full coverage.

Early in July, UT Austin unveiled this program, which will go into effect in 2020 and is marketed as an “investment in the future for students.”

The university’s Board of Regents voted to set up a $160 million endowment through Texas’ Permanent University Fund. The endowment will be used to pay for the full tuition cost of nearly 8,600 undergraduates whose households earn no higher than $65,000 per year. It would also partially cover the tuition of 5,700 students with household incomes of up to $125,000.

According to The Texas Tribune, UT system board chair Kevin Eltife said “Our main focus at the UT system is our students. That’s it, that’s what we’re in business for is to provide an affordable, accessible education for our students.”

He added, “We all know the struggles that hardworking families are having putting their kids through school. What we’ve done here is repurposed an endowment into another endowment that will provide tuition assistance to a lot of the working families in Texas.”

Presently, UT is already footing the bill for students with a household income of $30,000 or lower.

UT Austin spokesman J.B. Bird informed Campus Reform that these benefits will be given to illegal immigrants provided that they graduated from a Texas high school. Bird stated, “In keeping with state law, students are not asked about their immigration status.”

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