Far Fewer Undocumented Students are Applying for Financial Aid to Attend California Colleges— Advocates Cite Fear and the End of DACA

"The number of undocumented students in California applying for financial aid for college has dropped 20 percent this year, which advocates say is a direct result of immigration fears and the termination of the DACA program," according to the LA School Report. 

"The most recent data from the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) show that 38,499 students have applied for financial aid for the 2017-18 academic year through the California Dream Act, compared with 47,850 for 2016-17. This year’s numbers will be updated again at the end of the month.

Since 2013, when the Dream Act was enacted, the number of undocumented students’ aid applications has increased at a rate of about 10 percent each year. But this fall, the increase has been cut in half, to 5 percent. The fact that there was an increase at all was due to a targeted media campaign addressing students’ fears, the commission’s staff said.

'This is the first time since the first year of the California Dream Act that the number only went up five percent,' said Patti Colston, a spokesperson for CSAC. 'I believe there’s confusion with the California Dream Act and the status of DACA,' the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program."

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Publication Date: 11/20/2017

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