A Petition from CT Students for a DREAM: Afford to Dream: Undocumented Students Deserve Equal Access to Institutional Aid

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!” 



This petition has a goal of 2000 signatures
1-25 of 919 signatures
Number Date Name Location Are a student or ...
919 1 week ago Kyle K Ridgefield, CT
918 1 week ago Sedef Keskin Manchester, CT
917 1 week ago Mark Overmyer-Velazquez West Hartford, CT uconn
916 1 month ago Maryam Ilkhani Harbor City, CA
915 1 month ago Estefanny Gutierrez New Haven , CT Student at Eli Whitney technical high school
914 1 month ago Jair Irigoyen New haven, CT No
913 1 month ago israel gonzalez new haven, CT No
912 1 month ago Jose Balderas New Haven, CT Yes, Gateway.
911 1 month ago Jocelyn Garcia New haven, CT No.
910 1 month ago Henrique Alves Nunes Clinton, CT
909 3 months ago Kimberdly Burgos stamford, CT no
908 4 months ago Elizabeth Pelletier Bristol, CT Student at ECSU
907 4 months ago Erin Drouin Willimantic, CT
906 4 months ago Karolina Chrzanowska CT Student at ECSU
905 6 months ago Maria Gonzalez Denver, CO No yet
904 6 months ago Deborah Brody Chen Cromwell, CT no
903 6 months ago Jeanette Munoz Allam Bridgeport, CT Yes, I am a student of HCC.
902 6 months ago Kiyoko Teed Easton, CT
901 7 months ago Linda Ashby Fairfield, CT No
900 7 months ago Pat Sullivan Bridgeport, CT no
899 7 months ago Nicole Cassidy CT
898 7 months ago Patricia Sabasteanski Bridgeport, CT no
897 7 months ago Cathy Alfandre Easton, CT No
896 7 months ago Edrice Viechweg Norwalk, CT Norwalk Community College
895 7 months ago syed yawar khalid fairfield, CT Housatonic community college
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