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Hampshire College establishes a scholarship fund for students in the US illegally

Hampshire College, a private liberal arts college in ­Amherst, has created a financial aid endowment specifically for students who are in the country illegally, an unusually targeted response to the divisive issue of whether undocumented immigrants should ­receive college assistance.

The school, known for its progressive bent and alternative approach, began soliciting donations for the fund from alumni, parents, and students earlier this year and has so far raised more than $300,000. This fall, the fund will provide $25,000 to one student, and the college hopes it will become a consistent source of support for undocumented students, who are ineligible for federal grants and loans. Without assistance, many students here illegally find the price of attending college prohibitive.

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