Higher Ed Immigration Portal
A new digital platform that integrates data, policies, and resources about DACA and undocumented, other immigrant, international, and refugee students to support immigration reform and federal policymaking, fuel change at the state and campus level, and build a diverse movement of partners and stakeholders advocating for these students.
Tuition & Financial Aid Equity for Undocumented Students
- Comprehensive AccessPolicies provide statewide access to in-state tuition and some state financial aid or scholarships for the state's resident DACA recipients and undocumented students.
- AccessiblePolicies provide statewide access to in-state tuition for the state's undocumented students, including DACA recipients.
- LimitedPolicies provide the state’s undocumented students, including DACA recipients, with access to in-state or reduced tuition in at least some public institutions.
- Limited to DACAPolicies provide the state’s DACA recipients with access to in-state tuition in at least some public institutions.
- No State PolicyNo known policies on access to in-state tuition or state financial aid for the state's DACA recipients and undocumented students.
- RestrictivePolicies actively bar access to in-state tuition or state financial aid for the state's undocumented students, including DACA recipients.
- Prohibitive EnrollmentPolicies actively bar enrollment in all or certain public institutions for the state’s undocumented students, but may still allow DACA recipients to enroll.
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Undocumented Students in Higher Education (Updated March 2021)
More than 427,000 undocumented students in the U.S. are enrolled in higher education, including 181,000 DACA-eligible individuals.
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DACA: What You Need to Know
This resource provides key data and information related to DACA to commemorate its tenth-year anniversary, including DACA demographics, economic impact, impact on U.S. citizens, and support for a pathway to U.S. citizenship.
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Report: The Initiative on U.S. Education Pathways for Refugee Students
This report contains an outline for the U.S. to develop and implement a university sponsorship program for refugee students. The report is a collaboration of several organizations and institutions involved in the RESPONSE Campaign.
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Building Effective Support for UndocuEducators to Thrive and Persist in Higher Education
In order to help bring awareness about the challenges and nuances that UndocuEducators experience in higher education, Immigrants Rising developed this guide. The guide serves as a roadmap for supervisors, task force members, administrators, presidents, andContinue Reading
chancellors to take specific, measurable steps. It helps campus stakeholders learn how they can ensure that UndocuEducators, who play crucial roles in higher education, thrive and succeed in their institution.
Other Immigrant StudentsView All most recent
Tuition Equity Policy Brief for Wisconsin
This brief includes an overview of undocumented students in higher education, history of tuition equity initiatives, and it contextualizes the current state and institutional policies in Wisconsin.Continue Reading
International StudentsView All most recent
Student Narrative: Atem James Maker
Originally from South Sudan, James and his family fled the country’s civil war and moved to Kenya. Currently, he is pursuing his masters at Columbia University (SIPA). Here he shares about his experience accessing higher education in the U.S.Continue Reading
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Quick Guide: Refugee Eligibility for Admissions to Higher Education
Refugees resettled in the U.S. sometimes face unique challenges explaining their immigration status and eligibility to enroll in colleges and universities in the U.S. Here is a round up of resources that can help refugee students, college and university staff, and refugee-serving organizations understand refugee eligibility for higher education admissions.Continue Reading
Advancing Higher Education & Immigration
The Higher Ed Immigration Portal serves as a vital source of information to help inform federal, state, and campus-level policies and practices at the intersection of higher education and immigration. The Portal is an online hub of resources that brings together partners from across the higher education and immigration fields to centralize and amplify our collective work.
The Portal combines immigrant and international student data with effective practices, cogent policy analysis, student narratives, and up-to-date research to highlight the importance of immigrant and international students in higher education and in our communities.More About Us