Undocumented Immigrants face tremendous difficulties when seeking a higher education. The imposition of out of state tuition fees effectively keeps them out of college in most of the United States. In fourteen states, in-state tuition laws allow these students to pay lower fees and, in a few cases, access state financial aid. However, even in these fourteen states, undocumented students, their families and educators face several difficulties when trying to access information on admission policies, scholarships and financial aid as well as on support organizations. In an effort to facilitate the students' and their supporters' search for educational opportunities, this section provides a list of resources, which have been compiled in the following areas:
Admissions – Research includes information on available college guides for undocumented students as well as a sample affidavit (as available) that these students are required to submit when applying to college.
Financial Aid and Scholarships – Research includes information on available scholarships as well as resources on the states that provide financial aid. Making information on this process available to a much wider audience, can help education advocates and policy makers understand the ways and opportunities to make financial resources available to undocumented students.
Support organizations – Research includes information on associations of students and educators dedicated to increase higher education access for undocumented students.
While this compilation is by no means exhaustive it provides an important step towards the identification of current available resources for students and educators in the states that have passed in-state tuition laws (with the exception of Maryland, Connecticut and Rhode Island which passed their laws in the Spring and Fall 2011 and thus have not developed some of these resources). Along those lines, the author salutes the passage of recent passage of legislation in California (AB 130 and AB 131) and Illinois (SB 2185), which will open the doors of financial aid for undocumented students. It is important to note that because information on certain resources was not available in given states, a general list was also generated to aid students in those states.
If, while reviewing this list, you encounter mistakes or omissions, kindly email the author at firstname.lastname@example.org so that this list can be updated for the benefit of the students.
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