A Petition from CT Students for a DREAM: Afford to Dream: Undocumented Students Deserve Equal Access to Institutional Aid
Undocumented students from all over the United States have made clear that unequal access to financial aid is an unnecessary and avoidable hardship that must be reformed now.
Although in-state tuition for undocumented students was enacted in Connecticut in 2011, undocumented students still face the barrier of college affordability. Access to the in-state tuition rate is not enough.
Connecticut statutes state that 15% of tuition revenue, money that all students pay in order to go school, should go back to the student body in the form of need-based scholarships, or “Institutional Aid.” Institutional aid is neither tax nor state money. Even though undocumented students pay into this pool of money, they DO NOT have equal access to hundreds of millions of dollars in life-changing need-based aid.
Undocumented students deserve equal access to institutional aid. There is nothing in state regulations that prevents students from accessing this form of aid on the basis of their immigration status or lack thereof. The only thing that prevents them from accessing this aid is the Office of Higher Education and Board of Regents’ unwritten policy of using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to show need. The FAFSA form requires a social security number and so undocumented students cannot complete it to demonstrate need.
Who has the power to change this? It is within the power of the Office of Higher Education to ensure that undocumented students have equal access to Institutional Aid, by using an alternative need-analysis forms or creating a system that does not discriminate against students without the magic “nine-digit number.”
Sign this petition NOW to stand together and tell the Office of Higher Education “Undocumented Students Deserve Equal Access to Institutional Aid!”