The Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration

We are an alliance of American college and university leaders dedicated to increasing public understanding of how immigration policies and practices impact our students, campuses and communities.

SUCCESS 2024 Convening

Our Supporting Undocumented Students’ College & Career Equity: Strategies for Success (SUCCESS) 2024 Convening was held at Rice University on Friday, March 29 through Saturday, March 30, 2024.

The focus of the 2024 SUCCESS convening was to share and equip campuses with cutting-edge practices and resources that support the educational and career equity outcomes for undocumented students, including non-employment based experiential learning models, pathways to graduate and professional programs, career development for undocumented students, and more!

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Webinar- Better FAFSA for Mixed Status Families: Updates from the Department of Education

On March 15, 2024, the Presidents’ Alliance hosted a briefing with the Department of Education, Immigrant Rising, NILC, ImmSchools, and the National College Attainment Network. The purpose was to deliver the most recent updates from the Department of Education regarding the status of the Better FAFSA for mixed-status families, as well as to offer recommendations and resources for institutions and practitioners assisting students with non-SSN contributors.

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Book Launch and Conversation: Amplifying Black Undocumented Student Voices in Higher Education

On April 25th at 12 PM ET/9 AM PT, the Presidents’ Alliance celebrated the launch of Amplifying Black Undocumented Voices in Higher Education! Written by Dr. Felecia Russell, Director of the Higher Ed Immigration Portal, this powerful book tells the contemporary story of a diverse group of young adults who yearn for a place to belong while navigating America’s racial and legal structures.

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An initiative that integrates data, policies, resources, and effective practices about DACA and undocumented, other immigrant, international, and refugee students to fuel change at the federal, state, and campus level, and build a diverse movement of partners.


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Dreamers Graduate Loan Program Webinar

This webinar provides an overview of the Dreamers Graduate Loan Program which supports Dreamers with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or Temporary Protected Status (TPS) status who want to pursue professional degrees but cannot access public loan programs due to their immigration status. Continue Reading

Celebrating 1-Year of the Community of Practice Directory and Network

Last month, the Presidents’ Alliance celebrated the first anniversary of the first national Undocumented Community of Practice Directory and Network with The Dream.US and Immigrants Rising! Continue Reading

Reflections on the Recent Senate Hearing on DACA and Dreamers

Yesterday's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Dream Deferred: The Urgent Need to Protect Immigrant Youth, chaired by Senator Durbin, aimed to restart the conversation surrounding DACA and Dreamers. Despite political disagreements on the topic of immigration overall, during the hearing, there was a notable consensus across party lines regarding the necessity of passing a permanent legislative fix for Dreamers with or without DACA–echoing popular sentiments from all corners of the country. Continue Reading

College and University Leaders Commend Senate Hearing, Urge Bipartisan Resolution on Dreamers

For Immediate Release: May 8, 2024 Contact: Jason Koh at College and University Leaders Commend Senate Hearing, Urge Bipartisan Resolution on Dreamers Washington, D.C. – The Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, an alliance of over 550 college and university leaders, commends the Senate Judiciary Committee’s efforts to address the urgency of providing permanent protections for Dreamers. Today’s hearing takes place amidst ongoing legal challenges to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and in a moment where... Continue Reading

Breakdown of Dreamer Populations — Both With and Without DACA

Dreamers are undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children, lived and attended school here, and identify as American. They are integral members of our communities, contributing to various sectors of society through their talents, skills, and dedication. Many live with U.S. citizen children or family members, and most have grown up in the U.S. and were educated in our public K-12 schools. The Dreamer community in higher education includes not just students, but also alumni, faculty and staff. Continue Reading

TheDream.US and the Presidents’ Alliance React to Rule Expanding ACA Eligibility for DACA Recipients

For Immediate Release: May 3, 2024 Contact: Michael Earls: TheDream.US and the Presidents’ Alliance React to Rule Expanding ACA Eligibility for DACA Recipients Washington, DC – Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a final rule to make Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients eligible for health coverage through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The following are reaction statements from TheDream.US President and CEO Gaby Pacheco and TheDream.US alumna Indira Islas, along with Miriam... Continue Reading