More Than Just Access: Undocumented Students Navigating the Postsecondary Terrain
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Over the last few years, increasing numbers of undocumented students have made their way through to two- and four-year colleges and universities. The increased matriculation rates of these students have been aided by several processes: 1) increases in unauthorized settlement in the late 1980s and 1990s, dramatically increasing the numbers of undocumented children coming of age in the United States (Gonzales 2007; Massey et al 2002; Passel and Cohn 2009); 2) in-state tuition laws assisting undocumented students in certain states to offset higher out-of-state tuition fees (Olivas 2007; Rincon 2008); and 3) the increase in community efforts by students and counselors, bringing awareness to students and families of their rights to go to college (Gonzales 2008; McGray 2007; Rincon 2008; Seif 2006). However, as the volume of undocumented youth matriculating into colleges and universities increases, on campus new questions arise as to their specific rights.