In 2009, the the Inclusion, Access, and Success Committee (formerly Human Relations) published its first edition of the College Advising Guide for Undocumented Students designed to provide assistance to high school counselors and other individuals who work with undocumented students. The feedback from high school counselors and college admission representatives was overwhelmingly positive.
It is our goal to include every college and university within the U.S. that welcomes undocumented students on their campus. Through outreach and greater access to accurate information, we can ensure that college is possible for all who want to attend.
The Scope of the Challenge
Approximately 1.5 million undocumented students under the age of 18 are currently living in the United States, 65,000 of whom will graduate from high school each year. Access to higher education is an issue that continues to plague students, parents, high school counselors and college admission officers. Unfortunately, confusion exists not only with regard to whether colleges may admit undocumented students but also what type of financial assistance, if any, can be offered. As a result, high school counselors are often unsure how to best guide undocumented students because many are unaware of the options available. It is uncertain how many undocumented students attend college after high school. Of those who have lived in the U.S. for at least 5 years, the estimated figure is 5 to 10 percent.
Table of Contents
Questions for Undocumented Students to Ask Colleges
Learn what to ask when researching and developing a list of schools, when completing applications, when applying for financial aid and scholarships, and when considering a major.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Lists of aid available to undocumented student to help pay for college. Learn more about how status impacts the financial aid process and explore scholarship opportunities for undocumented students.
Federal and State Legislation
Learn about federal and state legislation that impacts undocumented student and their families, including the Federal Dream Act, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Tuition Equity Laws and State Dream Acts.
Sharing the Dream Educators Conference
On Wednesday, May 20, 2015 over 350 educators gathered at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois to learn how to best support undocumented students on the path to a college degree and beyond. View material from the conference.
Resources for Educators, Parents, Students, and College Grads
A compilation of some of the best resources available for students, parents and educators from such organizations as Educators for Fair Consideration, the College Board, the IL Coalition for Immigrant Refugee Rights and many others.