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 […]

Report: The Post-DACA Generation is Here

The Post-DACA Generation is Here (Updated May 2023) Nearly All of This Year’s 120,000 Undocumented High School Graduates Are Currently Ineligible for DACA A new report finds that an estimated 120,000 undocumented students will graduate from high school in 2023, with most of them not eligible for DACA. The new FWD.us report, published in May […]

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 […]

Report: Higher Education and Success for Undocumented Students Start with 9 Key Criteria

Report: Higher Education and Success for Undocumented Students Start with 9 Key Criteria A higher education is the key to social mobility and economic security in the U.S. However, many undocumented students and graduates face the dual barrier of ineligibility for college supports in addition to lack of employment opportunities due to their undocumented status. […]

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 […]

Limited Access: The Landscape of In-State Tuition for Displaced Students

State-by-State Tracker of In-State Tuition for Refugees, SIVs, Humanitarian Parolees, Asylum Seekers, and TPS Holders The International Refugee Assistance Project and Refugee Advocacy Lab conducted analysis of in-state tuition laws and policies in all 50 states as they would apply to humanitarian parolees, refugees, , asylum seekers, Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) and TPS holders. The […]