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How can immigrants go to college?

I am an undocumented student who completed my high school diploma a few months ago, and I would like to apply to go to college. I would like to know if there are any requirements that I should be able to apply. If I am required to have a student immigration lawyer, I would also like to know it. I would like to know can immigrants go to college and the procedure I should follow to make my application. I would like information concerning the process of enrolling immigrant students in college.

Jan Berry

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Aaron Lee on September 13, 2018

When I applied for college a few years ago, I was an undocumented student who was also in the same dilemma. I had to do some research where I discovered a lot about whether immigrant students can go to college. To answer your question, undocumented students are also eligible for college application. Immigrant students can apply to any college of their choice whether it is private or public. As you make your application, you are not required to provide your legal status because this information does not affect it.

As you apply for a position at the college, you may be asked to provide basic student information, but you do not have to fill your social security number or hire a lawyer for student immigrants. As an undocumented student, you will not be eligible to receive any financial aid legally. You will not receive any federal grants, loans, and even scholarships. When other students apply for the Free Application, for Federal Student Aid you will not be eligible for any form of federal aid. Although many private scholarships need one to be a citizen of the country, there are some of these scholarships that are open to undocumented students. You can find these private scholarship programs and make your application. If you are eligible for the scholarship, it will be awarded to you regardless of being an immigrant.

The following are some things that you should keep in mind when applying for college as an immigrant student:
• You are not obliged to mention your citizenship however you should not write false information about your legal status. Avoid misinterpreting your citizenship status; therefore, do not include any legal identification information like your identification and alien number
• You can add your immigration experience in your college essay; this will get the admissions office to learn about you. Your essay should consist of some of the obstacles you experienced and how you overcame them
• Conduct research and find the colleges that are willing to support immigrant students. You should prioritize your application to these schools because you are likely to get support as an undocumented student in these schools.
• As you make your application, it is essential to first get in touch with admission officers of the colleges you intend to apply as a student. You can inquire about your financial aid options when you choose to enroll in these schools. They will be able to give you information about the financial aid options you can apply to. The admissions office will also be able to provide you any information related to your citizenship status in the application

Nicholas Rivera2 years ago

I have helped several students with their immigrant student college applications. The following are some of the tips I have shared with them:

  •    As you make your college application, you should focus on building your extracurricular resume. As an immigrant student, you may be limited to most opportunities so in return focus on improving your grade. You will find that some sponsorship programs are offered to high achieving students regardless of their citizenship status.
  •    Base your application on the accomplishments and the traits that make you unique as an individual. Explain to the admissions why you are a good fit for the position and what makes you stand out from other applicants. 

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