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 […]

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 […]

Florida’s In-State Tuition Waiver for Dreamers

Florida’s In-State Tuition Waiver for Dreamers: What You Need to Know In February 2023, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced a set of legislative proposals on immigration, including a measure to strip in-state tuition access from Dreamers. The passage of this measure could impact more than 40,000 undocumented students enrolled in higher education in Florida. What […]

How Can We Transform the Educational Experiences of Undocumented Students?

The Higher Ed Immigration Portal serves as a vital source of information to help inform campuses of the different innovative and effective practices that support the access and success of immigrant students in higher education.   Marisela Hernandez and Nancy Jodaitis recently published a brief titled How Can We Transform the Educational Experiences of Undocumented Students […]

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 […]

Scholarship & Fellowship Directory for Undocumented Students

Updated: April 8, 2022 Undocumented students are eligible to qualify for a number of scholarship opportunities in the U.S. regardless of their immigration status. Funding for higher education is incredibly important for undocumented students, especially in states where undocumented students do not qualify for in-state tuition or state financial aid. Lack of access to financial […]

Promising Practices: Dutchess Community College (Consortium for Undocumented Students)

Dutchess Community College has formed a cross-departmental Consortium for undocumented students to create a supportive environment and address systemic issues to facilitate undocumented students’ access and educational success at DCC. The Consortium aims to make information available to all students and their families regardless of their immigration status as well as potential students throughout our area.  […]

Educational Resource Binder: College Access For Undocumented Students in California

The Educational Resource Binder is filled with crucial, up-to-date information educators, students, and allies can use to increase college access for undocumented students in California. The binder ensures individuals have the resources they need to support undocumented students who are pursuing higher education. Binder Sections Educator Picks Undocumented Student Profiles In-State Tuition & Residency California […]