Undocumented students want and deserve the same consideration as other students. Currently, only 65,000 of an estimated 1.1 million undocumented students graduate from high school every year, and of these high school graduates, only 5-10% go to college. That's compared to the national average of high school graduates attending college, which is nearly 70%.

We can do better. Here’s how you can help:

High Schools

If you’re a teacher, school administrator or mentor looking to communicate our mission to students, we can help.

Legally, K—12 school personnel cannot inquire about the immigration status of students or their parents. Therefore, you may learn that a student is undocumented only if the student chooses to share this information. Undocumented students may not even be aware of their legal status.

But you can create awareness and encourage high achievers to pursue higher education. Reach out as early as possible to all students and encourage them to envision themselves as college material, and if the opportunity arises, let undocumented students know that their citizenship does not prohibit them from attending college.

Though federal and most state financial aid is not offered to undocumented students, private scholarships, loans and opportunities like the Golden Door Scholars program exist to help offset or cover the rising costs of higher education.

Don’t let misinformation negatively impact your students for the rest of their lives. The Golden Door Scholars program is not about giving any one group an unfair advantage. It’s about giving everyone the same shot at realizing their dreams.

Here’s what you can do now:

  • Know your state's laws regarding undocumented students and stay up-to-date on changes in the laws
  • Guide students through the college application and planning process
  • Connect students and parents with trusted resources in the community
  • Let students know there are scholarships available to undocumented students
  • Nominate top performers for the Golden Door Scholars program

Universities & Colleges

The Golden Door Scholars program is designed to increase college access and success for all students.

But we can’t do it alone. Colleges and universities are critical to the success of the Golden Door Scholars Program.

Only 12 states currently have laws permitting certain undocumented students to pay the same tuition as their classmates at public colleges and universities.

Without financial assistance, given the socioeconomic profile of most immigrant families, the cost of college is simply too high for most undocumented students.

Currently, private colleges offer a small number of scholarships and some aid; we’re working to make those numbers larger.

How professors and administrators can help

  • Offset tuition costs for Golden Door Scholars students
  • Reduce or waive application fees for nominees
  • Spread awareness throughout your school
  • Reach out to policymakers to begin change
  • Invest financially in the Golden Door Scholars program