The illegal immigrant who applied to Trident Technical College earlier this week will not be eligible for state or federal financial aid, according to school officials. Israel Ortega, 27, of North Charleston, was granted a temporary stay in the United States through the Department of Homeland Security’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, known as DACA. That cleared the way for him to apply at Trident.
On Tuesday, Ortega applied for admission to the school. A few weeks earlier, Ortega had tried applying, but was turned away by school officials who cited that state law restricted him from attending the school.
Earlier this week, the state’s Commission on Higher Education offered the school clarification, school spokesman David Hansen said. The commission gave Trident the green light to enroll DACA students who qualify for admissions, he said.
However, Ortega and any other DACA recipients who later enroll in the school will not be eligible for financial assistance and will be required to pay out-of-state tuition, according to Hansen.
Read more in Friday’s edition of The Post and Courier.
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