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    HOW TO SUPPORTCOllege-BOUnd

    UndOCUMenTed

    STUdenTSADVICE FOR COUNSELORS & EDUCATORS

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    FaCTS aBOUT UndOCUMenTedSTUdenTS

    Undocumented students are oreign nationals who came

    to the US without legal documentation or overstayed

    their visas.

    2.5 million undocumented youth live in the US; 40% o

    them live in Caliornia.

    About 65,000 undocumented students graduate rom

    US high schools each year. Only 5-10% o these

    graduates go to college. We can increase that number!

    Many students dont know theyre undocumented untilthey begin the college process.

    Undocumented students dont qualiy or state or ederal

    grants or loans, even i their parents pay taxes. They also

    cannot legally work to pay or school.

    Undocumented students may be eligible or in-state

    tuition under Assembly Bill 540 at CA public universities

    and colleges.

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    WHy yOU SHOUld HelPUndOCUMenTed STUdenTS

    We want the best and brightest students to attend our

    colleges and contribute meaningully to this country.

    These students are an important part o our nations uture.

    Undocumented students who are college-ready have

    proven they can succeed.

    They are not asking to be given anything; they just want

    to be airly considered.

    They afrm our belie in the value o hard work.

    They are powerul role models.

    Under ederal law, all students regardless o

    citizenship or residency are entitled to a K-12

    education, including college counseling services.

    Weve already invested in these students educations.

    When the DREAM Act passes, these students will have

    a path towards legal residency.

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    Tell undocumented students that

    they can go to college, but some

    options and services will not be

    available to them.

    Dont ask students to sel-identiy.

    Make inormation and resources

    available to all students.

    Be open-minded. Dont make

    assumptions about which students

    are undocumented; they arent

    all Latino, Spanish-speaking or

    enrolled in ELD classes.

    Be knowledgeable about specifc

    policies that aect undocumentedstudents.

    Support the ederal DREAM Act

    and CA legislation to support

    undocumented students.

    Identiy scholarships that dont

    require citizenship or permanent

    residency. Encourage other

    scholarships to change their

    policies.

    Identiy sponsors who can support

    undocumented students.

    Help students get ongoing

    mentoring and advice, even ater

    the college admissions process.

    Identiy older students to serve as

    role models.

    Reer students to qualifed legal

    counsel to investigate possibleimmigration remedies. This can

    be a lengthy process, and not

    all students will have immediate

    remedies.

    TOP 10 WayS yOU Can HelPUndOCUMenTed STUdenTS

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    aPPlying FOR SCHOlaRSHiPS

    Scholarships are the primary way or undocumented

    students to pay or college. Helping students identiy

    scholarships they are eligible or and writing a strong

    personal essay is vital to their success in college.

    Encourage students to put A LOT o time and energy

    into scholarship applications.

    Make sure students research and apply to scholarships

    EARLY ideally starting in the spring o junior year.

    Find as many scholarships as possible (especially local

    ones) that do not require citizenship.

    Strongly encourage students to apply to every single

    scholarship they can.

    Make sure students are very explicit in talking about their

    story and fnancial need.

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    lOOking FOR SCHOlaRSHiPS

    Individual Scholarships

    Go to www.e4c.org to review a large number o

    scholarships that dont require proo o citizenship or

    permanent residency status.

    Private School Scholarships

    Private universities are expensive but can oten provide

    additional support through institutional grants and

    scholarships. Check with each school individually to

    see i 1) undocumented students are eligible to apply

    or institutional scholarships; 2) a paper FAFSA or CSS

    Profle should be submitted to determine fnancial need.

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    WHaT UndOCUMenTedSTUdenTS MUST knOW

    You are not alone. Thousands o undocumented

    students have gone to college in the US and graduated.

    This wont be easy, but you can do it.

    Get comortable asking or help. Find people you can

    trust to help you navigate the college process.

    Not all college options and services will be available to

    you, but many are. Be creative. Be entrepreneurial.

    You are not eligible or ederal or state-based fnancial

    aid, but you can apply to many private scholarships.Research and apply early to as many scholarships as

    possible. Community service and internships greatly

    increase your chance o winning scholarships.

    Practice telling your story as many private scholarships

    require a ace-to-ace interview.Certain undocumented students are eligible to pay

    in-state tuition at Caliornia public universities and

    colleges. Find out i you are eligible or AB540.

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    Private colleges will typically consider you as an

    international student. I you are required to submit a

    FAFSA, you can fll it out on paper and mail it directly to

    schools.

    I you have signifcant unmet fnancial need, you should

    consider going to a community college frst and then

    transerring to a our-year to save money. Many bright,

    talented, and ambitious students choose this economical

    option!

    Even i you intend to go to a UC or private school, you

    should apply to your local CSU and community college

    as a backup plan.

    Most Caliornia colleges and universities have support

    groups or undocumented students. Get in touch with

    them to make your transition smoother.

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    PRivaCy & legal COnCeRnS

    Students should not worry about revealing their

    immigration status when flling out admissions or

    fnancial aid applications because the Federal Education

    and Privacy Act (FERPA) protects the privacy o student

    records at all educational institutions.

    Students should not lie about their immigration status

    during the college admissions process because

    admission decisions could be revoked.

    When applying to Caliornia public universities and

    colleges, the ollowing inormation is requested but not

    required: social security number, country o citizenship,

    country o permanent residence, immigration status,

    and state o legal residence o parent/legal guardian.

    Applications will be processed without this inormation.

    Every student should obtain a school ID number rom

    the colleges where they apply to avoid being askedor his/her social security number during admissions

    and enrollment.

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    ReSOURCeS FORUndOCUMenTed STUdenTS

    Visit E4FC online or extensive inormation about

    college-bound undocumented students. Find out about

    AB540 policies or in-state tuition, school-specifc

    admissions policies, available scholarships, and possible

    immigration remedies. Well also connect you to groupsand organizations that actively support undocumented

    students.

    Visit us today! www.E4FC.org

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    ABOUT EDUCATORS FOR FAIRCONSIDERATION (E4FC)E4FCs mission is to help immigrant students realize the

    American dream of college and citizenship. Specifically, we

    provide direct support and advocate for immigrant students

    who have grown up in the United States but face challenges

    due to financial need and immigration status. We offer auniquely tailored suite of programs and services that address

    the financial, legal, political, professional, and socio-emotional

    needs of immigrant students who do not yet have residency

    or citizenship in the United States.

    For more information about Educators for Fair Consideration,please visit us online at www.e4fc.org.

    UNDOCUMENTED STUDENTSCAN GO TO COLLEGE

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