Supporting Undocumented Students

College Board offers several resources to help undocumented students become college graduates. You can find resources on applying to college and financial aid. There’s also a dedicated Spanish-language site to help parents plan for their child’s higher education.

DREAMer’s Roadmap is a scholarship app for iPhone and Android that alerts undocumented students to upcoming application deadlines for awards they qualify for.

In addition to its hands-on advocacy work, E4FC produces relevant and up-to-date guides, including one to the Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN) and one detailing immigration options beyond DACA.

ICIRR is especially helpful to undocumented students in Illinois thanks to its 2016 publications, An Undocumented Student’s Guide to College and A Counselor’s Guide to Resources for Undocumented Students. Both guides also include general information about DACA, FAFSA and financial aid that undocumented students in any state should find helpful.

ILRC trains personnel at local nonprofits on immigrant rights issues such as visas, naturalization, and enforcement. For individuals, it puts out easy-to-understand legal primers, including a 2017 brief discussing how to maintain or pursue DACA status.

LCLAA maintains a broad portfolio of activities, including an immigration campaign focused on lobbying Congress to pass the DREAM Act and maintain DACA. The national organization, headquartered in D.C., has chapters in 19 states that welcome student members.

A think tank based in D.C., MPI publishes fact sheets and policy briefs about immigration to the U.S. from countries across the world. Its DACA briefs provide hard data about the impacts of the program, which can help students make a decision about whether to pursue DACA status.

What started out as a personal blog is now a virtual repository of resources for undocumented students, featuring everything from testimonials to scholarship listings to internships. Students can reach out to one another by joining the UndocuGrads National Network or UndocuUndergrads National Network.

NASFAA’s members are those who know the most about state financial aid policies. The organization’s website includes a section for students that features a U.S. map redirecting to state financial aid websites; an annually updated list of federal tax incentives for students; and links to tuition exchange programs that can extend undocumented students’ college search into nearby states.

Most resources for undocumented students cover the process of earning an associate or bachelor’s degree. The three students behind Pre-Health Dreamers (PHD) saw a gap in resources for students pursuing an advanced degree. The site, which emphasizes medical degrees, includes a regularly updated list of scholarships for undocumented students pursuing PhDs, as well as a member’s network.

The University Leaders for Educational Access and Diversity (uLEAD) network aggregates information from college administrators. To keep the public informed about educational policy, it publishes a frequently updated state-by-state guide to legislation affecting undocumented students.

Courtesy of: Affordable Colleges Online