The Case for Undocumented Students in Higher Education

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Educators for Fair Consideration


Every year, 65,000 students who have grown up in the United States graduate from high school with limitations from fully participating in American society. Although they have played little to no role in the decision to emigrate or to remain in the United States without legal status, they face tremendous social, financial, and legal barriers. Nearly 30% of undocumented children live below the poverty line.1 Most live in constant fear of deportation and involuntary family separation. While federal law guarantees them a free public K-12 education, they face intractable challenges while pursuing higher education. This report documents some experiences of undocumented students who pursued access to higher education in the state of California.



Undocumented students, DACA, California, Higher education and state, student aid