Closing the Gapfor undocumented students in the Carolinas

The Numbers

  • There are approximately 1.1-1.4 million undocumented students in the U.S.

    In many instances, these individuals were brought to the United States by their parents, without a say in the decision.

  • 49% of undocumented students will drop out of high school (as opposed to only 11% of native born students).

    That means only around 65,000 of the 1.4 million undocumented students who have lived in the United States for five or more years graduate from high school each year

  • Only 7,000 - 13,000 Undocumented students enrolled in college throughout the United States

    That means only 5-10% of undocumented high school graduates continue their education into college.

The Gap

  • The median annual household income of undocumented immigrants is 30% less than that of U.S born families.

  • But undocumented students are banned from applying to certain universities and ineligible for most student aid.

  • In addition, only 12 states currently offer in-state tuition to undocumented students.

  • The difference between in and out-of-state tuition is typically $20,000 per year.

  • Which explains why college is financially out of reach for most undocumented students, regardless of their performance.

The Consequences

  • North Carolina has about 31,000 undocumented students, making it the 9th most populated state of undocumented students.

  • Only around 2.5% of all undocumented students will graduate high-school and continue to college, which means only around 775 undocumented students in North Carolina will go to college.

    What happens to the rest?

  • The average college graduate earns more than 60% more than a high-school graduate.

    Education completed vs. Income and unemployment
      Avg. Weekly income Unemployment Rate
    High-school diploma $419 6.8%
    Bachelor's degree $962 2.3%
    Doctoral degree $1,441 1.4%

    In fact, of the 15 occupations projected to grow at least twice as fast as the national average (13 percent), 10 require an associate degree or higher.

  • The typical college graduate pays 80% more taxes a year than typical high school graduate.

The Hope

  • Nearly 2 million undocumented students and graduates will apply for deferred action and be allowed to legally put a degree to practice.

  • An estimated 800,000 students currently under the age of 18 would be eligible to benefit from the DREAM Act and contribute an estimated $1.4 to $3.6 trillion in taxable income to our economy over the course of their careers.

  • There are several scholarships that Students in North Carolina can apply for that do not require citizenship.

Golden Door Scholars is one. Apply now, and spread the word.