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First Generation College Students:

First of all, great job checking out resources to further your education. There is a tremendous amount of help out there to help you through the entire process.  Here are some articles and resources that we find to be the most helpful to get you started:

What if I’m Undocumented, Homeless, or in Foster Care?  

Article Summary

Can I attend college if I'm undocumented, homeless, or in foster care?
Absolutely yes. You may have a few extra steps to take and forms to fill out, but there is no law that prevents you from going to college.

What do I do if I'm undocumented?
Some colleges may require proof of residency or citizenship; they may also treat you as an international student (and therefore charge higher tuition). If you live in a state that has passed the DREAM Act, you may be eligible for lower tuition and financial aid. Read the article below for more information.

What do I do if I'm homeless?
Since financial aid usually assumes that you are dependent, you may have to provide extra proof that you're not. The FAFSA includes questions to help you deal with your situation. Pay close attention to the dependency questions. Read the article below for more information and go here.

What do I do if I'm in foster care?
Usually, you need parental information for financial aid forms. The FAFSA has questions to help you fill it out correctly and get past those hurdles. Read the article below for more information.

 

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