Undocumented students

Undocumented students are immigrants who come to the United States of America without checkouts or overstayed their visas & are attend in the United States with or without their parents or guardian. They take on particular legal uncertainties and restrictions inside the U.S. educational system.

17% of undocumented immigrants are under the age of 18.  While the most of undocumented students come from Mexico and other Latin American countries, nearly 25 percent do not. The second-largest sending country after Latin America is Asia regions. There are slightly more than 1.4 million undocumented Asians citizens, make up to 12 percent of the total undocumented whole number.

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In California, Asians make up an unbalanced figure of undocumented students in colleges and universities.

In the University of California system, since the implementation of Assembly Bill (AB) 540 — a bill that allows students who have attended and graduated from California high schools to pay tuition according to the states rates — the Asians are included in the 40 to 44 percent of all undocumented students paying in-state tuition. In the 2005-2006 academic years, Asian students represented 55 to 60 percent of students paying in-state tuition under AB 540.

There is no federal law that prohibits the enrollment of undocumented students or immigrants to U.S. colleges and universities, whether it is public or private, nor does federal law oblige students to affirm citizenship to come to the United States higher education institutions. Nonetheless, each institution has its own regulations on accepting undocumented students. For instance, following 2003 referrals by the state attorney general, many 4-year state colleges in Virginia obliged applicants to submit evidence of citizenship or legal residency and refuse to accept students without proper documentation. Nevertheless, this policy is not a state law but the institute regulation.

Necessitates of attending college is the main hardship facing undocumented students.

While there is no law that forbids the acceptance of undocumented aliens that would like to earn higher education in U.S. colleges and universities, financial limitations alone are enough to hinder students from applying and enrolling

There are a few private scholarships and financial aids that do not oblige the student to have a social security number or be an American citizen or resident to enroll. There is a list of private institutions that provides the financial aid or scholarship in the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF).

A federal bill called The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act. It is a federal bill that would allow any states to determine state residency for higher education or any purposes in a military. This bill was first introduced in the Senate on August 1, 2001. It would provide a mechanism for undocumented students of good moral character to become legal permanent residents. The DREAM Act initially allowed the receiver to earn federal student aid but was revised in the 2010 version of the bill. To qualify, the person must have come to the U.S. as children (under the age of 16), graduated from a U.S. high school and be a long-term resident.

 

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