Undocumented students received help at local college
Yakima Valley College is reaching out to undocumented students in the valley, saying the local school is providing assistance through the “Beyond Dreaming Scholarship,” now in its sixth year.
Some undocumented students think they are not eligible for aid
“Many students believe that their undocumented status will prevent them from going to university. These students may live in fear of exposure and deportation if they apply,” says Marivy Vasquez, Beyond Dreaming Scholarship Coordinator. “It is important that prospective students understand that it is illegal for colleges to report a student’s immigration status without their permission.”
The Beyond Dreaming Scholarship also helps address the concerns of undocumented students that they will not be able to afford college because their status makes them ineligible for federal financial aid.
Since the beginning of the program, many students have benefited from the help
Vasquez says programs like the Washington College Grant (WASFA) have expanded eligibility to include low-income, non-citizen students who meet program eligibility and state residency requirements.
The scholarship program was launched in 2016 and since then Yakima Valley College has been able to offer 50 scholarships to undocumented students.
To be eligible for this scholarship, a college and/or high school student must have submitted the WASFA for the 2022-2023 academic year and must plan to attend YVC in the fall, winter, or spring term. This scholarship is available to students taking ten or more credits per term and can be used to cover tuition fees. The application is available online https://www.cognitoforms.com/YakimaValleyCollege6/BeyondDREAMingScholarship202223 Or call for more information: 509.574.4701.
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