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Toolkit | Access to Postsecondary Education



Improving Access to Postsecondary Education for Immigrant Students

Resources on State Campaigns for Tuition Equity, Scholarships, and Financial Aid



Background on Tuition Equity Measures

State Laws & Policies

Maps: State Laws & Policies on Access to Higher Education for Immigrants

Table: Laws & Policies Improving Access to Higher Education for Immigrants

States with Pending Bills on Access to Higher Education for Immigrants

Model Language: Tuition Equity

Student Profiles

Estimates of Eligible Students

Undocumented Youth Comprise a Small Segment of the Student Population

Selected State Estimates

Sample State Fiscal Analyses

Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas, Washington

Social & Economic Impact of Improving Access to Higher Education for Immigrant Students

General Findings from a 2008 Report

Investing in Post-Secondary Education Yields Higher Earnings and Increased State Revenues

Tuition Equity Policies Reduce Drop-Out Rates and Increase Access to College

A State’s Economic Competitiveness Depends on Maintaining a Highly Educated Populace

Resources on Social & Economic Contributions of Immigrants

Public Opinion: The Public Supports Increasing Access to Higher Education for Immigrant Students

Legal Challenges

Tuition Equity Laws Have Withstood Legal Challenges

Banning Students from Enrolling in Postsecondary Institutions

Resources for Organizers

Framing the Message: Improving Access to Higher Education for a State’s High School Graduates, Regardless of Their Status

Letters, Testimony & Videos

Organizing Packets

Fact Sheets & One-Pagers

Myths v. Facts, Petitions, Action Alerts

News Articles & News Videos

Resources on Financial Aid, Scholarships & Student Advocacy Groups

Resources on Financial Aid & Scholarships for Students Regardless of Status

Immigrant Rights, Student Advocacy Groups & Other Resources