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Toolkit | Access to Postsecondary Education


Resources for Organizers

Framing the Message: Improving Access to Higher Education for a State’s High School Graduates, Regardless of Their Status

Letters, Testimony & Videos

Organizing Packets

Fact Sheets & One-Pagers

Myths v. Facts, Petitions, Action Alerts

News Articles & News Videos



You Don’t Speak for Me (video uploaded May 14, 2011).

  • Video features Kansas students and graduates who are U.S. citizens speaking in support of Kansas’s tuition equity law.

Dream Act for New York (New York Times editorial, March 12, 2012).

  • Argues that New York should join three other states in providing access to financial aid for students regardless of status, by making them eligible for the state’s Tuition Assistance Program.
  • Targets Governor Cuomo, who has been “on the sidelines, studying the legislation.”
  • Declares that New York has “long been a global beacon for immigrants and a leader in higher education.”
  • Points out that New York’s Dream Act would add only 2 percent (roughly $17 million) to the cost of the Tuition Assistance Program.

Tech Titans Fund Undocumented Students (Miriam Jordan, Wall Street Journal, March 6, 2012).

  • Impatient with Congress’s inaction on the DREAM Act, a group of Silicon Valley technology leaders, including Jeff Hawkins (inventor of the Palm Pilot), Andrew Grove (cofounder of Intel Corp.), Mark Leslie (founder of former Veritas Software Corp.), and Laurene Powell Jobs (widow of Apple Inc.’s cofounder Steve Jobs), are helping undocumented immigrant students pay for college through donations to the nonprofit Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC).
  • Through donations, E4FC gives scholarships, career advice, and legal services to undocumented immigrant students.
  • The donors are also studying the possibility of using unpaid internships as a way for students to come to the attention of employers who might later sponsor them for a work visa.

Amy Goodman interviews Azadeh Shahshahani, ACLU of Georgia, and Keish Kim, Georgia Undocumented Youth Alliance (Democracy Now!, March 6, 2012).

  • Journalist Amy Goodman interviews Azadeh Shahshahani concerning a measure that would have banned undocumented immigrants from all public colleges and universities. If enacted, the bill would have expanded Georgia’s policy of barring these students from the state’s five most competitive schools, including the University of Georgia.
  • Goodman also interviews Keish Kim, an undocumented student who came to the United States when she was eight years old, regarding the impact of the law on her education and life. Kim discusses Freedom University, a volunteer-led university that provides college-level education to students regardless of status, where she is a student. She explains that she and other students have come forth at risk of deportation to counter the attacks on undocumented students, to put a face on the problem, and to demonstrate the impact of the current law.
  • Kim describes how the impact of discriminatory state laws is devastating for youths who came to the United States at a young age and grew up learning that this is their country. When they are told that they cannot go to college—even if they work hard and do their best in school—their dreams and goals are crushed. Kim tells how she applied to and was accepted at Georgia universities but could not attend because she would be required to pay out-of-state tuition, which her family could not afford.