by Diane Tuazon
ODESSA - Higher education dollars are going to non U.S. citizens and it is happening by the thousands across the state.
"They can get the money they just got to look for it," UTPB Financial Advisor, Robert Vasquez said.
Last school year more than 12,000 non U.S. citizens across Texas paid in-state tuition or got some kind of financial help.
"These students qualify for Texas grants because they've lived here for at least 3 years. That's one of the requirements. They can't fill out FAFSA or qualify for loans, so this is all they can get," Vasquez said.
The only other requirement is that those students declare that they're looking to become permanent U.S. residents.
Vasquez says he's taken quite a few calls from parents and students who worry non U.S. citizens are taking financial aid that could be going to citizens who also need the boost.