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.

Higher Ed Immigration Portal

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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Undocumented Students in U.S. Higher Education

There are approximately 408,000 undocumented students enrolled in U.S. institutions of higher education. The number of undocumented students enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities has remained roughly stable since 2021. However, the percentage of undocumented students who have DACA or who are DACA-eligible continues to decline, as ongoing legal challenges to the program, alongside the 2007 arrival cut-off, preclude new applicants from qualifying for the program. In 2021, there were 141,000 DACA-eligible students enrolled in higher education, accounting for approximately 0.7% of all enrolled college students. In 2022, the number of DACA-eligible students dropped to 119,000, approximately 0.65% of all college students. Continue Reading
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Immigrant Heritage Month: How Immigrants Are Leading the Way at the Presidents’ Alliance

During Immigrant Heritage Month, we are spotlighting and honoring the contributions of our immigrant-origin staff, 85% of whom are first- or second-generation immigrants, with at least one having refugee siblings or parents. Continue Reading
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We Need More Data on Undocumented AAPI Students in Higher Education

Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month is a time to celebrate the rich history, diverse cultures, and significant contributions of Asian American and Pacific Islander communities in the United States. At the end of a month celebrating community achievements, it's important to also recognize the hurdles faced by AAPI students, particularly DREAMers, in accessing higher education. Continue Reading
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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
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Legal Pathways that Work Initiative

The Presidents’ Alliance is launching a new initiative, Legal Pathways that Work (LPTW), to address the need to develop and deliver immigration resources to institutions and students to support careers in the U.S. post-graduation. Continue Reading
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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