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NEA on Higher Education for Immigrants




NEA supports legislation that would allow states to determine their own residency requirements, thereby permitting them to offer in-state tuition and higher education benefits to undocumented students.

  • Each year, over 50,000 undocumented students who have lived in the United States for at least five years graduate from U.S. high schools. Among these students are class valedictorians, straight-A students, and idealistic youth committed to bettering their communities.
  • Current federal law restricts states' ability to provide in-state tuition or higher education assistance to these students, who often have no recourse to regularize their immigration status. As a result, many of them are unable to pursue higher education.
  • The current law denies students with tremendous promise the opportunity to excel. In fact, many promising students drop out of school because they know they will be unable to continue on to college.
  • The loss to these students, and to society as a whole, is significant.
  • The bipartisan DREAM Act/American Dream Act (S.774/H.R. 1275) will address federal barriers to education and work confronted by the U.S.-raised children of undocumented immigrants.

 NEA supports this proposal.

Tell your U.S. Senators and Representative to give talented students the opportunity to excel and contribute to our country by passing the DREAM Act/American Dream Act. 

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