Paying for college is expensive as is, but even more challenging when you are an undocumented student. Even though the undocumented community is not eligible for government-issued financial aid assistance, there are still various resources available including scholarships. Scholarships are ideal for all students because it is money that does not have to be paid back and awarded to students on their own merit. Below are just a few opportunities available to high school students looking for financial assistance to college.
A great resource when researching scholarships for undocumented students is the Immigrants Rising non-profit. They aim to provide a safe space for resources for undocumented students. A great scholarship serving students from the Los Angeles area is The Andres y Maria Cardenas Family Foundation Scholarship they are awarding students up to $3,000 to be eligible students must be under AB 540. Another scholarship offered to Angelinos is the SALEF Scholarship Fund to Salvadoran or Latinx students who attend high school within the city of Los Angeles, and students are eligible for up to $2,000.
Yet another great resource when researching scholarships for undocumented students is the scholarships.com website which offers a variety of different scholarships. The scholarships found on the scholarships.com page are so diverse there is an opportunity waiting for every student. Some scholarships include the PepsiCo Cesar Chavez Latino Scholarship which encompasses Hispanic students who are looking to pursue higher education in the Arizona and California Central Valley. Another scholarship is the California Hispanic Education Endowment Fund with an award of 2,500. This scholarship is awarded to high school students from the Orange County area looking to pursue higher education. Students must be under the Dream Act/ SB540 act.
Students can also turn to the get schooled website which has over 50 scholarships for DACA students. Some of those scholarships include The Dream US Opportunity Scholarship for first-time college students offering up to $80,000 for student expenses. Another scholarship available is The Dream US National Scholarship which is open to both high school students and community college graduates. Students can be awarded up to $14,500 for an associate’s degree and $29,000 for those pursuing a bachelor’s degree. The Mexican-American Dream Scholarship is a scholarship offered to immigrant students or children of immigrants and Dream Act/AB 540 recipients looking to pursue higher education.
Students should never feel discouraged about applying for college because of financial restraints. Students should not let their citizen status determine their ability to pay for college. The Let’s Go Team is here to guide and provide resources to students to help aid them throughout their college experience.