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New Scholarship Opportunity for Dreamers to Cover College Tuition

Many DACA, recipients, also known as dreamers, want to go to college but cannot afford the tuition because numerous colleges and universities require dreamers to pay out-of-state tuition. To help dreamers to be able to afford college, three individual philanthropists recently founded TheDream.US. TheDream.US “provides college scholarships to highly motivated dreamers who, without financial aid, cannot afford a college education that will enable them to participate in the American workforce.” The goal is to provide college scholarships to 2,000 dreamers within the next decade. After hearing about TheDream.US in the news and that many dreamers are not able to receive in-state tuition to colleges and universities in the states where they went to high school, I decided to do some research to see what the policy was for my undergraduate university, LSU. I emailed the LSU financial aid department and discovered that dreamers need a Permament Resident Card, also known as a green card, to be eligible to pay in-state tuition at LSU. However, dreamers do not receive a green card under DACA so they must pay out-of-state tuition. The current cost for in-state tuition at LSU is $7,873 but out-of-state tuition is significantly more at $25,790. This difference could bar those dreamers who are residents of Louisiana, from being able to attend LSU.

For more information on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) visit:

http://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/consideration-deferred-action-childhood-arrivals-process

For more information on TheDream.US scholarship visit:

http://thedream.us/

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