College Access for Undocumented Students and Law




Enyioha, Jessica C.

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There are over 32 million undocumented immigrants in the United States and of this population, over 1.5 million are children (Palmer & Davidson, 2011). These children grow up in the US, achieve primary and secondary education, and when they are ready to pursue postsecondary education, it becomes harder for them to achieve. In this paper, undocumented students’ access to postsecondary education in the US is examined: laws that affect their access to postsecondary education, previous cases on access to education for undocumented students, and the difficulties undocumented students often encounter when pursuing postsecondary education are discussed and analyzed. Best practices and suggestions for supporting undocumented students in pursuing postsecondary education are shared.



college access, undocumented immigrants, higher education, Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education, and School Psychology


Enyioha, J. C. (2019) College Access for Undocumented Students and Law. Educational Considerations, 45(1).


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