CICERO, Ill. — Illinois residents sending money to family overseas will also be able to help Dreamers afford a college education in Illinois under legislation introduced by state Rep. Elizabeth “Lisa” Hernandez, D-Cicero.

“This bill is an important step in supporting our young people’s dreams and aspirations,” Hernandez said. “The Illinois DREAM Fund provides scholarships and assistance to children of immigrants who want to pursue higher education but face financial hardships.”

As many residents living and working in Illinois send a portion of their income to family members living outside of the United States, Hernandez has filed House Bill 3233, which will allow those individuals to also support the Illinois DREAM Fund, which serves to help finance high schoolers born outside the United States and brought over as children who are not eligible for federal grants when applying to college in the United States. House Bill 3233 allows currency exchange customers sending money overseas to voluntarily round up the transaction fees to the nearest dollar to support the DREAM Fund.

“I am proud to introduce this bill that will have a positive impact on the lives of our youth,” Hernandez said. “I believe it is essential that we provide opportunities for all of our students, regardless of their background. By rounding up their transactions, customers statewide can make a small contribution that will go a long way to help students who otherwise don’t qualify for federal grants a chance to pursue their dreams and achieve their full potential.”

Hernandez has long supported children of immigrants. She recognizes the challenges that these individuals face when pursuing higher education. She will continue to advocate for legislation to help provide financial assistance for students statewide.

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