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ERIC Number: EJ1153256
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jun-26
Pages: N/A
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1938-5978
A Chance at Life: The Value of Legislative Action and Institutional Leadership for DACA Students
Patel, Pooja
New England Journal of Higher Education, Jun 2017
Signed under the Obama administration, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) grants a working permit to those who entered the U.S. before age 16, allowing students to enroll at institutions of higher education and join the military. In June 2017, the head of the Department of Homeland Security, John Kelly said that the DACA program would remain in effect, however, the long-term viability of the program remains unknown. While DACA allowed students to come out of the shadows and apply to college, there is a long way to go to ensure that all academically qualified students have access to a quality and affordable higher education. In New England, only two states offer financial support. Connecticut and Rhode Island extend in-state tuition to undocumented students if they meet certain criteria such as having attended a state high school for two or more years and graduated. This article highlights legislative actions being taken in New England to support undocumented immigrants access to higher education and discusses the findings of a survey examining undocumented students' access to affordable higher education in the region.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Rhode Island; Massachusetts; Connecticut
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