07/15/2011 02:26 pm ET Updated Sep 14, 2011

California Bill Makes Illegal Immigrants Eligible For Financial Aid

The California state Senate approved Thursday a bill that would allow college students who entered the United States illegally to receive limited financial aid, the Associated Press reports.

The legislation would in-state tuition eligible students to receive privately sponsored college scholarships -- the bill goes to Gov. Jerry Brown for approval.

If the governor approves the bill, California would join several other states across the country that offer tuition breaks to illegal immigrants, including New York, New Mexico, Texas and Maryland.

Most recently, Connecticut passed legislation that would permit illegal immigrants to apply for in-state tuition at the state's public universities.