FAFSA Resources for Mixed Status Families

Overview The Department of Education released an updated version of the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) in December 2023. Since the launch of the new FAFSA, contributors without social security numbers (SSNs) have faced challenges setting up required FSA IDs and submitting completed applications. The Department of Education released a temporary workaround for students […]

Undocumented Students in Higher Education

How Many Undocumented Students are in U.S. Colleges and Universities, and Who Are They? (Updated August 2023) The Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and American Immigration Council released an updated analysis of how many undocumented students are pursuing higher education in the United States: Undocumented Students in Higher Education: How Many Students are in U.S. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Undocumented Students and Access to Inter-State Tuition Agreements (ITAs): Fact Sheet

Undocumented Students and Access to Inter-State Tuition Agreements (ITAs): Fact Sheet The United States is home to more than 427,000 undocumented students, including 181,000 DACA-eligible students, enrolled in higher education. Each U.S. state implements its own policies in terms of whether to provide access to in-state tuition and state financial aid to the state’s undocumented […]

Tuition Equity Policy Brief for Wisconsin

Tuition Equity Policy Brief for Wisconsin Dreamers of Wisconsin recently published a policy brief on tuition equity for undocumented students. 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. Additionally, this brief analyzes relevant research and social […]

Promoting Equity for Undocumented Students in Secondary Education.

Congress continues to debate the structure of a potential budget reconciliation package. Congress must prioritize programs that support college access, affordability, and student success for undocumented students. This resource notes how America’s College Promise program, which is part of the Build Back Better Act, would have guaranteed two years of free community to all, will […]