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The Higher Ed Immigration Portal brings together a diverse set of partners in the higher education and immigration fields to help collect, analyze, and develop resources for the site. We would like to thank the partners listed below.

We welcome new partners, including at the local and state levels. To schedule a conversation or find out more, please contact the Director, Felecia Russell at felecia@presidentsalliance.org


  • American Immigration Council. The Council works to strengthen America by shaping how America thinks about and acts towards immigrants and immigration and by working toward a more fair and just immigration system. The Council is a key source and partner for data estimates and original analyses for the Portal.
  • Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP). CLASP is nationally known for its varied policy analyses and advocacy in support of low income and immigrant populations. CLASP is a partner to the Portal, sharing its national policy analyses and best practice reports.
  • Community College Consortium for Immigrant Education (CCCIE). CCCIE is a national network of community colleges and other organizations committed to expanding colleges’ capacity to accelerate immigrant and refugee success. CCCIE is a partner, sharing best practices and research for supporting immigrant students in community colleges. With the closing of the CCCIE, the information is being fully transitioned and integrated into the Portal.
  • FWD.us. FWD.us is a leader in immigration advocacy, resources, and communications. It is a partner on state policy tracking and policy analysis.
  • Immigrants Rising. Immigrants Rising empowers undocumented young people to achieve educational and career goals through personal, institutional and policy transformation. It is a partner on campus resources and effective practices for the Portal.  
  • ImmSchools. ImmSchools is an immigrant-led national nonprofit that ensures safe and inclusive K-12 schools for the 5 million students who are undocumented or living in a “mixed-status” household with at least 1 undocumented parent. We carry out our mission by partnering with K-12 educators, school districts, community leaders, and students and families around the country.
  • Informed Immigrant. The Informed Immigrant website provides undocumented immigrants with the knowledge and resources they need to feel prepared in an unpredictable political and enforcement environment. It is a partner on campus and student resources.
  • National College Attainment Network (NCAN). NCAN is a nonprofit membership and advocacy association. Our mission is to build, strengthen, and empower communities and stakeholders to close equity gaps in postsecondary attainment for all students. NCAN’s 600 member organizations across the U.S. help nearly two million first generation, low-income students annually prepare for, apply to, and succeed in college.
  • National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good/uLEAD Network (University of Michigan). The National Forum at University of Michigan developed the uLEAD network, which became nationally known for its tracking of in-state tuition and other legislation across all fifty states, and other resources to support undocumented students. With the closing of the National Forum in 2020, the uLead network information was transitioned and integrated into the Portal.
  • One Refugee. One Refugee (1R) assists individuals from refugee backgrounds in Utah and Idaho to access postsecondary education and a professional career. 1R provides academic mentoring, professional development support, and financial resources to 300+ scholars a year.
  • Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration. The non-partisan, nonprofit Presidents’ Alliance brings college and university presidents and chancellors together on the immigration issues that impact higher education, our students, campuses, communities and nation. The Presidents’ Alliance manages the Portal, and provides resources, research, policy briefs, narratives, and analyses. 
  • Pre-Health Dreamers. Pre-Health Dreamers promotes a culture of inclusion in higher education and healthcare by working with institutions to establish equitable holistic support and processes for undocumented communities. They serve as a partner for the portal on resources available to undocumented students pursuing health-related professional programs.
  • Research for Action (RFA). RFA is nationally known for its timely and impactful research on a range of state- and institutional-level postsecondary policies and practices. RFA is a research partner for the Portal’s state-level policy tracking and analysis.
  • TheDream.US. TheDream.US is the nation’s largest college access and support program for undocumented students. It serves as a partner for student and graduate narratives and effective practices for supporting undocumented students’ college and career success. 
  • UndocuScholars. UndocuScholars, based at UCLA, provides cross-campus, nationally oriented research and activities in support of undocumented students. UndocuScholars is a partner on research and effective practices on undocumented students in higher education.
  • University Alliance for Refugees and At-Risk Migrants (UARRM). UARRM’s focus is on increasing educational access and equity for refugees and other at-risk migrants. It is a partner for data, research, narratives, and state and institutional-level best practices related to supporting refugee student access to and success in higher education.
  • World Education Services. WES is a non-profit social enterprise dedicated to helping international students, immigrants, and refugees achieve their educational and professional goals in the U.S. and Canada. WES and IMPRINT is a contributor to the Portal, providing policy information on professional and occupational licensure and other resources.

Foundations & Funders

The Higher Education Immigration Portal is a project of the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration and its partners. We are immensely grateful to the funders who believe in the promise of higher education leaders and institutions coming together to support undocumented, immigrant, refugee, and international students. The following foundations and funders have supported the Portal and play a key role in propelling its success: 

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Anonymous Donor
Carnegie Corporation of New York
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
Open Society Foundations
Open Society Policy Center    
The Kresge Foundation

Additional Data & Policy Sources

  • Migration Policy Institute (MPI). The nonpartisan MPI serves as the primary source for data estimates on immigrant-origin student populations. The data includes Presidents’ Alliance commissioned research on immigrant-origin student populations in higher education by state and on the number of undocumented students graduating U.S. high schools annually. 
  • NAFSA: Association of International Educators. NAFSA is the largest association of international educators. NAFSA serves as a key source for international student data, including the economic contributions of international students, as well as policy analysis.
  • Open Doors. Open Doors/IIE is a comprehensive information resource on international students and scholars studying or teaching at higher education institutions in the United States, and serves as a key source for international student data.