- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 1, 2016

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Immigrant students without legal status in the United States are urging Connecticut lawmakers to make them eligible for institutional financial assistance at state-run colleges and universities.

Students from countries including Mexico, Jamaica, Ecuador and Brazil appeared before the General Assembly’s Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee on Tuesday to tell lawmakers about their struggles, including having to work multiple jobs to pay for school.

A bill proposed this year would make immigrant students eligible for different forms of financial aid funded by tuition payments from all students.

The proposal is the latest effort to help immigrant students in the state.

Last year, the amount of high school education required to be completed in Connecticut was reduced.

Legislation passed in 2011 allows immigrant students to pay in-state tuition rates.

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