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What are illegal immigrants college opportunities?

I would like to apply to college next year. However, I’m afraid I won’t have any success in doing so—I’m not a citizen of the U.S., though I live here. I’m interested in the question of undocumented immigrants education. What are my chances of receiving higher education here? There were many immigrant children in school I attended but what about the next step in education?

I’d appreciate any advice on illegal immigrants college opportunities here in the U.S. Do you have any experience or know people who have faced my situation?

Jan Berry

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Melissa Norris on March 27, 2018

There are thousands of immigrant children in schools throughout the country. Undocumented U.S. citizens have multiple opportunities for education in our public schools. However, when the time comes to receive higher education, there are a few obstacles on their way. Institutional policies on undocumented immigrant education vary. Generally, there is no law prohibiting their attendance of colleges or universities. Unfortunately, an administration of such an establishment has the right to set its own admission requirements. Many universities request the proof of citizenship and refuse admission otherwise.

The next obstacle comes with financing. You can find many institutions that will gladly accept you as a foreign student meaning that you won’t be eligible for state aid and other benefits of the state students. In the U.S., illegal immigrants in colleges can’t receive any federally funded financial aid. However, you may be lucky enough to find private establishments that are willing to give scholarships to undocumented applicants.

There are some states that offer in-state tuition rates for illegal immigrants. Of course, they have to meet certain criteria to qualify, but the option sounds great. All in all, there are 16 states that may offer you help. California, Minnesota, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, and Washington even offer state-funded financial aid for all students who qualify for in-state tuition rates.

There are many obstacles on the way to higher education; the most important of them is the lack of understanding how to navigate this system. There are enough colleges that accept illegal immigrants. However, most people do not even know they have an opportunity to apply. The widespread problem is also that parents, in this case, have no knowledge about the issue that could help. And teenagers are afraid to tell teachers or the school council about their problems.

I would advise asking your school for help as this is a real chance to get the necessary knowledge without being judged. The best tool you can equip yourself with is time and research. Start studying the issue beforehand to have multiple options. Remember, the school you are looking for may not be near your home or, even in the same state, but this opportunity cannot be missed. Take a year off to prepare if you need. This will give you time to study more colleges and save some money for tuition.

There are thousands of immigrant children in schools; they all deserve a chance for higher education.

Brian Warnera year ago

Can an illegal immigrant go to college? Yes, you definitely can. There are many grants and institutions that openly support first-generation immigrants. I would say that the private ones usually have better options for undocumented immigrants education. If the college you choose can’t give you any scholarship or bursary, don’t give up. As I’ve mentioned, grants are always a possibility. Do you know how popular is now the movement advocating the immigrants’ rights? You’ll be surprised to learn how many people are ready to support you.

Of course, the main advice I can give you is to study well. No citizen of the U.S. can expect to have great college prospects if they study awfully. The excellence and intelligence can help you become a more appealing candidate. You may even win a grant or scholarship of some kind.

I don’t how you do in sports, but this way can become your pass to higher education as well.

Good luck in your search.

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