Austin College Access Network
This guide is a project of the Austin College Access Network (ACAN), a joint task force of non
-profit organizations and educators in Central Texas.Two compelling forces drove ACAN to compile a guide for advising undocumented students who are interested in pursuing higher education: first, a law (previously HB 1403 and currently SB 1528) came into effect in 2001 that enables undocumented students to qualify as Texas residents within the state’s public higher education system, and pay in
-state tuition. Secondly, more undocumented students have the opportunity to pursue a college degree than we might expect: in 2004, UNICEF estimated that 65,000 undocumented children who have lived in the United States for five years or longer graduate from U.S. high schools each year. Unfortunately, confusion about how to counsel undocumented students prevails. This guide is an attempt to clearly present facts and dispel the myths enveloping this critical issue.
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