GEORGETOWN, Ky., Jan. 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Is an academic wall keeping undocumented students from succeeding in higher education in America?
Each year, approximately 3.6 million students graduate from U.S. high schools, about 65,000 of them undocumented students. While the majority of all students move onto higher education, a mere 5 to 10 percent of undocumented students do. (U.S. Dept. of Education, 2015)
Tragically, many of those students enter higher education lacking the information they need to succeed, which contributes to a high failure to graduate.
Now, undocumented students can find answers to their educational questions through this series from TheBestSchools.org:
The Undocumented Student's Guide to College
The series includes links to the following guides:
- Undocumented Students: Know Your Rights
- DACA and Other Key Laws Impacting Undocumented Students
- Support, Advocacy, and Resources for Undocumented Students
- How Colleges Protect Undocumented Students
- Financial Aid for Undocumented Students
- Colleges for Undocumented Students
- Online College Guide for Undocumented Students
(Spanish-language versions of the guides will be available by March.)
"Undocumented students have a Constitutionally-protected right to seek a college education in the U.S., but they also face steep legal, financial, and cultural challenges," says David A. Tomar, series editor. "For most undocumented Americans, these hurdles are too steep to overcome, a fact which prevents far too many young people from attaining a higher education. The resources and support in this series will help more undocumented and immigrant students achieve their goals, whether educational, professional, or related to documentation status."
This series' resources will benefit a host of individuals and groups, including undocumented students and their families; immigrant students and communities; educators working with undocumented students; legal advocacy groups with a focus on immigration issues; student groups who wish to better support the undocumented members of their communities; and universities with a greater interest in protecting undocumented students from constitutional violations or undue enforcement actions.
"We hope this series will help more students understand their rights, find support networks, choose great schools, and succeed at graduating," says Tomar. "Our goal is to help open the doors of higher education to historically marginalized students."
TheBestSchools.org is the authoritative source for school rankings — secondary, college & university, postgraduate, online, and on-campus — and for the information students need to make informed decisions about their education and to find the best schools for them. As a member of both the American Council on Education and the National Association for College Admission Counseling, TheBestSchools.org upholds the highest standards to meet the requirements of more than one million monthly visitors. TheBestSchools.org is an educational website whose staff and advisory board believe learning transforms lives for the better and should be a lifelong pursuit.