The Complete Guide to Federal Student Loans for Immigrants

"An estimated 22.6 million of the 43 million foreign-born residents in the United States aren't citizens, according to the Center for American Progress," Student Loan Hero writes. "So, how many would be eligible to receive federal student aid?"

"... At least 18 states allow undocumented immigrants to receive in-state tuition rates, and at least six offer state-based financial aid to them, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Although your college or university will have the details on its benefits, the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) is the go-to resource for learning more about your state’s offerings.

The NASFAA’s clickable map of the U.S. leads you to state-run websites with links and information pointing toward grants, fellowships, and scholarships. Each opportunity should list the application requirements, which might include living within the state for a specific number of years and graduating from one of its high schools.

If you’re an undocumented student in Oregon, for example, the map would direct you to the state’s Office of Student Access and Completion. For DACA students, that site lists four grant opportunities in addition to instructions on securing in-state tuition and other college-specific aid.

The College Board also offers a repository of resources for undocumented students. Although it was created in 2012, it’s still recommended reading if you live in one of the dozen different states covered."

NASFAA's "Headlines" section highlights media coverage of financial aid to help members stay up to date with the latest news. Inclusion in Today's News does not imply endorsement of the material or guarantee the accuracy of information presented.


Publication Date: 10/2/2017

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