Bakersfield College Seeks To Provide More Support For Undocumented Students With $115,000 Grant

As one of the 33 California schools to receive the California Campus Catalyst Fund grant, Bakersfield College intends to provide undocumented students more opportunities, activities, programs, and funds. Read more at South Kern Sol.

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An open letter to Larissa Martinez: undocumented valedictorian

Texas high school valedictorian Larissa Martinez revealed during her graduate speech that she is an undocumented immigrant. Her words resonated with people across the country. In an open letter to Martinez, youth reporter Miguel Bibanco writes that, undocumented and afraid, they will have bright futures. “If you can graduate as your school’s valedictorian while living in a country that […]

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Get DACA, pursue your dream job

Adriana Meza feared she wouldn’t be able to graduate college and pursue a teaching career in the United States. As an undocumented student, she lacked a social security number — required to declare her college major and pass a background check to work with children. She set out to get “DACAmented.” “Once Meza got DACA, her college career took off. She […]

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High school students have financial options for college

Financial aid plays a key role for prospective college students, especially in communities such as Boyle Heights where many families are low income. But many students and their parents don’t know there is federal and state aid available. One Boyle Heights native, who attended college before the California Dream Act made state financial aid available to undocumented […]

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Everything you need to know about applying for DACA

Through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Act (DACA), President Obama granted certain foreign-born residents, mostly young people, temporary legal residency, giving hundreds of thousands of children born to immigrants the right to work, go to college, and receive financial aid. California leads the nation in applications, but even here there are places where the information and resources needed to apply […]

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Piecemeal immigration reform leaves student better off, for now

Coming from a family of undocumented immigrants, Luz Elena Hernandez was excited to take advantage of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a program that granted two-year citizenship for those who were brought to the United States as children.  With a social security number, Luz could get a job and start saving for college.  What will happen when her temporary citizenship […]

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‘Dream Fund’ makes college more attainable for undocumented students

A Bakersfield program provides scholarships and mentoring to undocumented students who don’t qualify for state or private financial aid.  The College Dream Fund has helped send its students to over a dozen universities.  The founder, a coach for a high school civics club, felt compelled when bright students couldn’t afford to go to college.  “At the […]

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