Duolingo University Access Program

Created in partnership between Duolingo and the UNHCR, the Duolingo University Access (DUA) Program aims to create improved pathways to higher education for refugee students, by offering one-on-one guidance and assistance with the university and financial aid application processes, as well as immigration and visa processes.  1. Purpose for the Program Currently, only 7% of […]

The Refugee Health Navigator Program

The Refugee Health Navigator Program was developed to address common barriers to health care and to increase health systems comprehension for refugees. Students from different programs at Georgetown University are paired together and matched to a newly arrived family working with a resettlement agency. The program is intended to help remove the barriers to health […]

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 […]

A Narrative Toolkit on the Social, Mental, and Emotional Effects of an Uncertain Future for DACA

A Narrative Toolkit on the Social, Mental, and Emotional Effects of an Uncertain Future for DACA This toolkit is a resource for those interested in including personal narratives about the effects of having DACA discussed and argued throughout the policy’s existence—including Congressional staff, media, and advocates. This toolkit contains a narrative repository of the stories […]

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 […]

Resources DACA Recipients Can Use to Pursue Their Education

DACA recipients face unique challenges when applying for and attending college. Resources such as financial aid and navigating state and federal policies are critical for success. Fortunately, there is a wealth of online resources dedicated to the academic success of students with DACA status. See below for those resources. Finding DACA-Friendly Colleges and Universities  Different […]

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 […]