Financial Aid for DREAMERs

One of the things that MEChA is doing new this school year is presenting workshops and other events for those students who are considered “Dreamers”. I’ve always supported this great cause because my viewpoint on immigration and education is that if there is an immigrant out there who truly would like to pursue a higher education and can show you that they have better educational qualifications than someone who has legal status, then they should be allowed to attend a higher education institution. I believe in general that anyone who really wants to go to school and has dedication should be allowed to attend college regardless of legal status. I could go on and on with reasons as to why I support the Dream Act but I’ll give you some quick information on the “Dreamers”.

What is a “Dreamer”?

According to cmsny.org, a “Dreamer” is someone who was raised in this country but does not have legal status. The term is derived from an American legislative proposal called the “Dream Act” (Development, Relief, Education for Alien Minors). Last year, Obama granted deferred action to them based on a couple of qualifications (if you’d like to see the qualifications, the link to the article I looked at for this information is below).

What is “Deferred action”?

Well according to that same website above, it is “a form of prosecutorial discretion – a decision not to pursue removal (deportation) of a non-citizen – that does not (in itself) lead to permanent legal status or citizenship.”

Not only did this decision allow certain young people to now be able to have a work permit but this has also allowed them to pay for that college tuition that we all know is nowhere near cheap. In certain states they are now able to have a drivers license as well.

Financial Aid:

According to usnews.com, “students approved for deferred action are not eligible for federal financial aid, but at least a dozen states allow undocumented students to qualify for in-state tuition at public colleges and universities” (Yes, California is one of them :) )

DREAMERs Workshop at CSU Stan:
So back to what MEChA is working on for next week, we plan to have a workshop for Dreamers and AB 540 students. This particular workshop will discuss details on how they can apply for financial aid and the options available for them. This will take place on Tuesday, October 29th, at MSR 130 (Mary Stuart Rogers Building)  from 5:00PM-7:00PM. If you are an AB540 student or simply support them, I’d strongly encourage you to attend this event!

Read more about the qualifications for deferred action at:
http://cmsny.org/2012/06/16/deferred-action-for-the-dreamer/

Read more about how high school students are taking advantage of the “deferred action”:
http://www.usnews.com/education/blogs/high-school-notes/2012/12/19/high-school-dreamers-take-advantage-of-deferred-action

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