Some of you have been told by your guidance counselor that college is not an option for you because you are undocumented. Some, might even believe that lie.
It’s not true! If you are undocumented you CAN go to college. Some undocumented students even find the opportunity to go to college in another state. If you meet certain requirements you may even qualify for in-state tuition here in New York. Sure, it may be a little bit more difficult to attend college because as an undocumented student we do not qualify for most financial aids but there are ways.
In New York, public universities (CUNY and SUNY) are open to any student regardless of immigration status. All you have to do is apply! Many private universities offer full scholarships to deserving youth, again, you have to apply for these and meet the requirements. If you decide to pay out of pocket, there are payment plans you can apply for with a bank account.
Do not be afraid to ask the private college admissions administrator if:
- 1. Undocumented students are accepted in their school
- 2. Are there any scholarships open to undocumented students
- 3. If yes, what are the requirements
- 4. If no, ask if they know any school that does
If they don’t know where to direct you then call another school and/or ask friends, who are in college, what the process was like. At this point, hiding your status will be very difficult and some staff members may not support you but you have to be strong, assertive and we are here for you every step of the way. Contact us with any questions email@example.com.
Below are two sets of fact sheets (one in english and the other in spanish) that can help you during this time. Don’t let anyone tell you you can’t go to college.
The New York State Youth Leadership Council