UW News

February 19, 2014

UW President Young comments on passage of Real Hope Act

“Today’s action by the Washington Legislature was a vote of confidence in students and their importance to the future of our state,” University of Washington President Michael K. Young said of the Feb. 18 vote allowing high school graduates brought here illegally as children to be eligible for financial aid.

“It sends a strong message that an education should be available to absolutely everyone,” he said. “For years, our state has invested in these students’ success in our K-12 classrooms and in our communities. All students who work hard in school deserve an opportunity to go to college and have access to the financial resources to make it possible. Our Legislature has passed a bill that will have a transformative effect on our students, their families and their communities for many years to come.”