Opinion: Progress on immigration reform but DREAMers face challenges applying to college


High School graduations are quickly approaching and this is a time where students are receiving acceptance letters.  For DREAMers different feelings about a college education come to surface.

DREAMers face to challenge of applying and paying for college.  Undocumented students are worried about their futures when higher education seems to be a dream itself.  An estimated 65,000 undocumented students graduate from U.S. high schools each year, but just 7.5% of these students continue on to college.  These numbers are quite alarming because a High School education does not provide much opportunities for students to excel in this country.

While undocumented students have the right to attend most public and private universities, some states prohibit student from attending public institutions.  South Carolina, Alabama and Georgia have banned undocumented students from attending public universities and colleges.  Undocumented students are not illegible for Federal Financial Aid many universities require that all students applying for aid fill out the FAFSA, and these schools determine aid packages by using FAFSA’s expected family contribution number (EFC).  Many undocumented students and parents are afraid of putting their information into the federal government’s hands and consequently do not apply for aid at all.

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