New York Dream Act

About the New York Dream Act

On January 23rd, 2019, the New York State Senate and Assembly passed the New York DREAM Act, after almost a decade where youth, immigrants, and allies organized for adequate access to higher education and financial assistance for tuition.

The bill would allow undocumented immigrants who meet the criteria to qualify for in-state tuition assistance. We anticipate Governor Cuomo will sign the DREAM Act into law by April, and we look forward to working with him and state legislators to ensure the bill is successfully implemented and the process is accessible to all eligible students.

The NYIC has created a resource for schools and organizations to help students and families seeking to understand if they will be eligible and for educators and community organizations who wish to help them begin to plan. Be on the lookout, as we will continue to update this resource as things change.

Basic Facts:

  • Eligible undocumented immigrants and children of undocumented immigrants enrolling in higher education institutions in New York State will soon be able to apply for NY's central state financial aid program — the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP).

  • Individuals with a taxpayer identification number will be able to financially plan and save for higher education regardless of immigration status by opening a New York State 529 family tuition account under the New York State College Savings Program.

  • A new fund will be formed to make higher education more accessible to undocumented immigrants. The fund will raise private funds to offer immigrants other scholarship awards and supplemental financial assistance for additional educational needs — e.g. the cost of books.

Need legal assistance?

Call the NYS Immigration Hotline at 1-800-566-7636 or view our directory of service providers here