As the number of college students who either speak English as a second language (ESL) or are English language learners (ELL) increases, so do the challenges financial aid administrators face in trying to help them achieve their financial and academic goals. According to data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), in 2010-11 there were an estimated 4.7 million public school students in the United States who were ELLs. For these students, lack of awareness of the admissions and financial aid processes in the U.S., exacerbated by cultural differences and language barriers, can create an obstacle when pursuing postsecondary education.
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