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California DREAM Act Applications Decrease 64 Percent

No Comments 10 February 2017

Applications for the California DREAM Act have plummeted by 64 percent in the 2017-2018 school year.

Concern about immigration reform by the Trump administration could partially be to blame for the decrease of 21,842 applications from the 2016-2017 academic year. So far, California has received 12,299 applications for the 2017-2018 school year. In 2016-2017, it received 34,141.

Applications close on March 2.

The California DREAM Act (Development, Relief, and Education for Minors) is a California law that allows some children who immigrated to the U.S. to receive state financial aid. To qualify, a student must have been brought to the U.S. when they were less than 16 years of age and lacked proper immigration paperwork. As long as a student attended high school on a regular basis, is AB540 eligible and meets in-state tuition and GPA requirements, he or she may be eligible for state financial aid.

The California Department of Education responded to the decrease by releasing this statement, which reinforces the fact the department does not reveal a student’s immigration status: “The California Student Aid Commission has not now, or in the past, shared any information which would indicate a student’s immigration status, either documented or undocumented. The California Student Aid Commission also adheres to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99), a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records.”

No matter what happens at the federal level, the state of California has ensured students that their state financial aid will remain legal. Losing federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status will not affect most financial aid. The California DREAM Act is separate from the federal government.

If you are eligible for the California DREAM Act and have concerns, contact the California Student Aid Commission at 916-464-8271 or the California Department of Education, College Preparation and Postsecondary Programs Office, Career and College Transition Division at 916-323-6398.

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Community Based Organization Spotlight: 10,000 Degrees

No Comments 20 January 2017

10,000 Degrees is a community-based organization dedicated to achieving educational equity. This organization, located in San Rafael, CA,  aims to support low-income students who demonstrate a need for access to higher education. Participants leave this program poised to impact their communities and the world.

Every 10,000 Degrees participant comes from a low-income household. Ninety percent of students are first-generation, and 84 percent of participants are people of color. The organization offers multiple programs to provide college accessibility.

One program is the 10,000 Degrees Institution. This four-day program is open to rising high school sophomores and juniors from Marin or Sonoma County, Calif., who demonstrate financial need. Participants receive a crash course in college life during The program; they live with a roommate, learn how to choose a college and pay for tuition. They also receive tips for succeeding on the ACT/SAT.

After attending the program, participants automatically become a part of the 10,000 Degrees Year-Round Program. A 10,000 Degrees college advisor guides students through the college application and financial aid processes.

10,000 Degrees has prepared 18,700 students for college. These alumni often return to assist the 6,200 students and families that 10,000 Degrees serves each year. 10,000 Degrees students also receive $14.4 million annually in financial aid. Each student receives an average financial aid package of $16,000 each year. The aid does not include loans and does not need to be paid back.

Students served by the organization are annually awarded $2.6 million in scholarships. The 10,000 Degrees Undergraduate scholarships are open to students who demonstrate financial need. Applicants must be enrolled in a program full time toward their first associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree or teaching credential for the 2017-2018 school year.

10,000 Degrees offers a number of undergraduate scholarships. The majority are open to students from Marin and Sonoma County, Calif.. A few, however, are open to students from the Bay Area.

Apply for the 10,000 Degrees Institution by March 2.


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