Missouri legislature votes to make students without citizenship ineligible for A+ scholarships
A new law has been passed over a veto by Governor Jay Nixon that would bar students without a certain federal immigration status from qualifying for an A+ scholarship. That program allows eligible Missouri high school students to earn two years of tuition at a qualifying community college, paid by a grant from the state.
Senator Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis) argued with rhe bill’s sponsor, Senator Gary Romine (R-Farmington), that the program needs more funding for all students, rather than to free up money by removing some students’ eligibility.
“Why won’t you just champion the cause to increase funding for the A+ scholarship program, versus attack those individuals who are here at no fault of their own,” asked Nasheed.