Going to college is a dream that many high school students have. After all, college can be the gateway to bigger and better things, including building one’s knowledge and skill set. It can also open up opportunities for various careers.
For many undocumented immigrants living in the Los Angeles area, attending college is a dream that may seem unobtainable. Without a visa or proper documentation, most do not qualify for scholarships or financial aid. In addition, since they are not official residents of any state, they are typically charged out-of-state tuition, an amount that can be staggering. This can deter many undocumented immigrants from attending college.
This is the case for one undocumented immigrant. The 25-year-old left Mexico over a decade ago and came to the country with his parents. After he graduated from high school, he attended college and earned two and a half years worth of credits. He was forced to quit when the enormous out-of-state tuition costs were too much for him to afford.
He has been encouraged by new laws in certain states across the country that provide a way for undocumented immigrant students like himself to pay in-state tuition rates. He plans to return to college and possibly become a teacher.
Immigration reform is taking place across the country, encouraging undocumented immigrants who wish to live and work in this land of opportunity. If you desire legal status, it may be helpful to speak to an immigration attorney who can discuss with you the best route to take. Doing so can help you get started on becoming a citizen of the United States.
Source: The Durango Herald, “Life without papers getting less onerous,” Dale Rodebaugh, Mar. 9, 2013