University students that are in California illegally could soon qualify for a new loan program. 

Though undocumented students are already eligible for CalGrants and in-state tuition, they can't get federal loans and that can create a funding gap of $5,000 to $6,000 a year when compared to their peers.

That means working more, taking fewer classes, or worse.

"They risk having to withdraw from the university despite having done everything we ask of them to prepare for admission," said UC President Janet Napolitano.

She has thrown her support behind a bill by Democratic Senator Ricardo Lara to create campus-run loan programs.

He wants to allocate $9 million to help thousands of students.

CSU officials are also in favor.