Edmonds Community College released the following statement from President Jean Hernandez about the passage of the Real Hope Act in Washington state, which would allow undocumented immigrant high school graduates to apply for state-funded financial aid to help pay for college:
As an institution with an unblinking commitment to strengthening our diverse community through education, equity, and inclusion, Edmonds Community College cheers Gov. Jay Inslee’s signing of the Real Hope Act into law, making aspiring American students eligible for state financial aid.
At Edmonds CC, we strongly believe that a college education should be available to everyone, including qualified, hard-working students brought to the United States as children. The Real Hope Act broadens the pathway to education in our state. This act is closely aligned with our mission of strengthening our diverse community by helping students access educational and career opportunities in a supportive environment that encourages success, innovation, service, and lifelong learning.
We look forward to celebrating the contributions that all of our graduates will make as industry and civic leaders, entrepreneurs, volunteers, lifelong learners, and members of our local and global community.”
Washington joins three other states — California, New Mexico, and Texas — in passing a version of what has also been called the Dream Act. You can find more information about the Real Hope Act here.