Dreamers are undocumented youth who came to this country at a young age. For many, it's the only country they have ever known. In spite of calling Arizona home, Dreamers—even those who have obtained DACA status which gives them the temporary right to remain in the US and work legally—are barred from receiving Pell Grants, federal student loans, work-study programs, and state scholarships to attend college.
In spite of this, many Arizona Dreamers have worked hard to pay their own way to a college degree.
Last year, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled that DACA recipients are no longer eligible to pay in-state tuition rates at Arizona's public colleges and universities.
This means that thousands of Dreamers currently enrolled in college, many of whom have known no other home than Arizona, suddenly face a 50% to 200% tuition increase in order to complete their degrees. They have no federal aid, no state scholarships, and—for many—no ability to pay this cost out-of-pocket. Hundreds of students have already dropped out, and many more are expected to do the same if they cannot pay this increased cost.
Dreamers want to work hard, get an education, provide for their families, and contribute to the local and national economy. But while we wait for a legislative solution to this problem, thousands of hardworking Dreamers continue to see their dream deferred.
How You Can Help
Chicanos Por La Causa is teaming up with the foundations of Arizona's three public universities and two largest community college districts to raise private funds to ensure that DACA recipients at these institutions can finish what they started and graduate from college.
Arizona's future depends on an educated workforce. Your donation helps level the playing field and make this dream a reality for Arizona students.Donate