S.B. 659 was introduced on April 1 by Sens. Sherri Smith Buffington (R-LA) and Robert Adley (R-LA). The bill requires the Louisiana Student Financial Assistance Commission (LSFAC) to provide for and administer a scholarship program for medical and dental students who meet all of the following eligibility criteria:
- Are bona fide citizens and residents of the state of Louisiana;
- Desire to become doctors of medicine or dental surgery; and
- Are acceptable for enrollment at one of the medical or dental schools of Louisiana State University.
A02597, called the DREAM Act, failed to pass the Senate on March 17. The bill would have allowed undocumented students in the state to be eligible for state student grant aid programs. The bill also included a provision to create a state-administered scholarship program for undocumented students.