Variations in In-State Tuition, Financial Aid, and Scholarship Policies for Unauthorized Youth
Tanya Broder, Senior Staff Attorney, National Immigration Law Center
Erin Howard, Director, Office of Latino Outreach and Services, Bluegrass Community and Technical College
Candy Marshall, President, TheDream.US
Angelo Mathay, Associate Policy Analyst, MPI
Margie McHugh, Director, National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy, MPI
At least 17 states have enacted measures to allow qualified unauthorized immigrant youth to pay resident tuition rates at postsecondary institutions. However, states differ significantly in their eligibility requirements for in-state tuition, and policies regarding the availability of state financial aid and other benefits are also quite varied. In addition, numerous proposals on these issues have been under consideration in statehouses across the United States this year—some seeking to expand access to tuition and other supports, others seeking to repeal existing measures or otherwise restrict benefits.
On this webinar, the Migration Policy Institute’s National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy and other national experts discuss these patchwork policies, their implications for unauthorized immigrant youth seeking two- and four-year college degrees, and the progress of major new proposals being considered by states this year. The webinar also marks the release of updated information on the college access, tuition, and financial aid policies in the top 15 states for youth potentially eligible to apply for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. In addition, there is a presentation on the new round of scholarships available from TheDream.US, the largest provider of scholarships for youth with DACA or Temporary Protected Status (TPS) who cannot afford to pay for college.