FINANCIAL AID FOR HISPANIC STUDENTS TO ATTEND SCHOOL
This guide by the Community for Accredited Online Schools exists to empower Hispanic students with information about what it takes to attend college, including details about scholarships, grants, and other funding opportunities; information on undocumented student hurdles; resources for migrant students and their families; and details on how to navigate college as a first generation student.
How to Pay?
College can be very expensive. There many ways with which that burden can be alleviated through financial aid and scholarships. FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) was created to help students meet their college expenses through grants, scholarships, or loans. It is submitted at the beginning of the year and the aid is determined based on the family’s income. This form is required by every college in order to receive financial aid. Additionally, some colleges ask for a CSS Profile. While FAFSA is free, submitting the CSS Profile has a fee per college submission.
Many times financial aid may not be enough to help cover all college expenses. There are scholarships, locally and nation-wide that can help. Many of them are competitive and require the student to submit an application, essays, or other materials. Below is a list of links to scholarships in Georgia and nation-wide:
Internships are another great way to help with educational expenses, while expanding your career experience. Just like scholarships, internships are competitive and may require supplemental components. Below are links to internship opportunities locally and nation-wide:
What If I’m a DREAMer?
You can and should still go to college! Lack of legal status should not prevent you from applying to college, scholarships, or internships. Below are helpful tips to use throughout the application process.
- The Ultimate Guide for College Bound Undocumented Georgia Students
- College Guide for Undocumented Students
- Q&A Paying for College as an Undocumented Student
- List of Financial Aid for Undocumented Students By School
- Scholarships for Undocumented Students
- National Association for College Admission Counseling
- DREAM Educational Empowerment Program (DEEP) through United We Dream
- Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling
- MALDEF Scholarship Resources
- Expert Advice and Resources for Undocumented College Students
- Students’ Guide to DACA Phaseout
Note that although in the state of Georgia, the Georgia Board of Regents bans undocumented and DACAmented students from enrolling in the most selective research universities in the state of Georgia, including University of Georgia, Georgia Tech, Medical College of Georgia and Georgia College & State University, college is still within reach.
In November 2016, it was announced that Georgia State University and Augusta University will allow students without lawful status to apply and be admitted. While, they would have to pay the out-of-state tuition rate even if they live in Georgia, this is an important step towards expanding the educational opportunities for immigrants.
For more information, look at this news release.
We encourage you to reach out to GA private institutions and search for out of state schools that provide great packages for undocumented students.
Community for Accredited Online Schools is a comprehensive accreditation resource that provides prospective students and families with the tools needed to make well-informed decisions about their education. They also have a lot of helpful information about scholarships students can receive. Click here to visit the webpage.