I am a high school teacher. One of my seniors contacted me asking for help. This student has been accepted to a 4 year college and is one of the brightest kids I've ever worked with. He's also the son of illegal Mexican immigrants and is not a citizen. He's working full time to pay his rent and is unable to enroll full time in school. At this rate (2 classes per semester), it will be many years before he can complete his BA in business. Because of his immigration status, he is not eligible for financial aid, although he might be eligible for private scholarships. In fact, he received a $2500 scholarship, which is great, but only goes so far. His mom speaks very little English and the fact that he called me should be seen as a sign that this guy doesn't have anyone else invested in him with the know-how to help him get what he needs.
Whatever your views on immigration are, take my word as a teacher that this is a highly intelligent , hard-working kid who deserves a college education. I need some help finding resources to get this kid some more scholarship money, and/or a college loan. Does anyone know of any immigrants rights groups and/or individuals versed in navigating financial aid options for children of immigrant parents that could help?