Refugee Eligibility, Documents & Aid

Statuses & Eligibility for Financial Aid and In-State Tuition With the expanding use of a greater variety of immigration protections for displaced persons in the U.S. and emerging state legislation expanding access to in-state tuition for forcibly displaced students, it can be challenging for students and staff to understand what they are eligible for. This […]

Better FAFSA for Mixed-Status Families: Top 10 Things to Know So You Can Prepare

Better FAFSA for Mixed-Status Families: Top 10 Things to Know So You Can Prepare The Department of Education redesigned the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as part of the implementation of the FAFSA Simplification and FUTURE Acts. Most residents, including citizens, legal permanent residents, T visa holders, and other specified non-citizens, are eligible […]

Unlocking Potential: Enhancing Community College Services for Immigrant and Refugee Students

New Report on Community College Services for Immigrant and Refugee Students Upwardly Global published a new report, “Unlocking Potential: Enhancing Community College Services for Immigrant and Refugee Students.” A 2023 survey of campus practitioners found that “Close to 80% of respondents say their community college needs to improve their capacity in meeting the specific needs […]

How to Apply for Emergency Advance Parole as a DACA Recipient

Informed Immigrant published a comprehensive emergency advance parole guide that empowers DACA recipients facing urgent international travel needs. Through USCIS, DACA recipients can apply for an advance parole (AP) document which allows them to temporarily travel abroad and re-enter the country. The normal advance parole application process can take up to 8 months to process […]

Massachusetts Tuition Equity for Dreamers: What You Need to Know

Introduction Massachusetts expanded access to in-state tuition, as well as state financial aid to undocumented students on July 1, 2023 through their “High School Completers” tuition equity law. Before the passage of this law, recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) were eligible for in-state tuition at all public colleges and universities in Massachusetts and DACA […]

Texas In-State Tuition: What You Need to Know

Texas In-State Tuition: What You Need to Know In 2001, then-Governor Rick Perry signed the Texas Dream Act, House Bill (H.B.) 1403, which provides the state’s eligible undocumented students, including DACA recipients, with access to in-state tuition and state financial aid. Out-of-state tuition rates are typically three times higher than in-state rates, on average. Thanks […]

Uplifting Campus Resources: Effective Practices to Support Refugee Students in Higher Ed

Webinars on Refugee Student Enrollment & Leveraging Financial Resources and Building On Campus Support for Refugee Students Uplifting Campus Resources: Effective Practices to Support Refugee Students in Higher Education was a two part webinar series to provide an overview of resources and effective practices for campuses to enroll and support refugee students, focused specifically on […]

Beyond DACA: A Directory of Resources for Undocumented Students & Individuals

Beyond DACA: A Directory of Resources for Undocumented Students & Individuals The U.S. is home to more than 408,000 undocumented students in higher education and close to 2.7 million Dreamers across the country. The purpose of this Beyond DACA directory is to provide a consolidated place for the most recent resources to support undocumented students […]

Fostering Migration & Trauma Informed Campuses

Psychological First Aid Training As colleges and universities aim to welcome students that have experienced displacement, it’s important to foster campuses that are migration and trauma-informed spaces.  One step some campuses are taking is Psychological First Aid (PFA) training. PFA is a tool that can be used for anyone, but can also be used to […]