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First Generation Students, Low Income Students, Scholarships

Scholarships for Low-Income and First-Generation Students

No Comments 13 February 2017

Coming from a low-income household or being a first-generation college student can earn you money for college. Take a look at this list to see which scholarships you might be eligible for.

George Geng On Lee Minorities in Leadership Scholarship – This scholarship is for low-income, minority students from the San Francisco Bay area. Applicants must be enrolled as full-time undergraduate students at an accredited not-for-profit, four-year institution for the upcoming fall term. The award for this scholarship is typically $1,000.

Coca-Cola First Generation ScholarshipFirst-generation college students are eligible for this scholarship. This award is available at more than 400 colleges across the country. Contact the school you plan on attending to see if they offer this scholarship and how you might apply.

William F. Gandert Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship is for residents of federally assisted, low-income housing or recipients of Section 8 voucher rent assistance that demonstrate both merit and need. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents with a valid Social Security number, and demonstrate community leadership. Applicants only can apply for one scholarship offered by the NLHA Education Fund per application cycle.

The Villa Esperanza Scholarship – This scholarship is open to first-generation college students who have enrolled at Austin Community College, The University of Texas at Austin, St. Edward’s University, Concordia University, Huston-Tillotson, Texas State University or Southwestern University. The award for this scholarship is typically $2,000.

AIMCO Cares Opportunity Scholarship – This scholarship is for recipients of Section 8 voucher rent assistance that demonstrate both merit and need or residents of federally assisted low-income housing. Applicants must hold a minimum 2.5 GPA and be U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents with a valid Social Security number. Applicants only can apply for one scholarship offered by the NLHA Education Fund per application cycle.

I’m First Scholarship – This award is for a first-generation college student seeking financial aid and scholarship support for college, who has strong writing skills and a unique perspective and demonstrates leadership in their community. Undocumented students are eligible and strongly encouraged to apply. The award for this scholarship is typically $1,000.

Inland Empire Scholarship Fund – This scholarship is for low-income, high-achieving Latino students from San Bernardino and Riverside Counties in California. Applicants must be college-bound high school seniors who demonstrate high academic achievement and community service experience. The award amount for this scholarship typically ranges between $500-$1,500.

Undocumented Students

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.

Diversity, Undocumented Students

College Options for Undocumented Students

No Comments 08 February 2017

Although there is no federal law that requires proof of citizenship to be admitted to U.S. colleges, undocumented students face their own set of hurdles in the application process. Here are some institutions and states that make college more attainable for undocumented students.

Private Colleges that Accept Undocumented Students as Domestic Students

Many colleges consider undocumented students to be international students, which means that undocumented students might have to compete with other international students for a limited pool of financial aid. But, when a college considers an undocumented student to be domestic, the student will be more likely to receive a good financial aid package.

The following private colleges have public policies on their acceptance of undocumented students as domestic students:

  1. Pomona College (Claremont, Calif.)
  2. Oberlin College (Oberlin, Ohio)
  3. Tufts University (Medford, Mass.)
  4. Emory University (Atlanta)

States That Offer Undocumented Students In-State Tuition

Undocumented students, including students with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status, are not eligible to receive federal financial aid. However, undocumented students may be eligible for state student financial aid in some states.

Undocumented students who attended high school for at least the last two years in certain states could be eligible for in-state tuition. As of 2015, the following states allow undocumented students to pay in-state tuition:

  1. California
  2. Colorado
  3. Connecticut
  4. Florida
  5. Illinois
  6. Kansas
  7. Maryland
  8. Minnesota
  9. Nebraska
  10. New Jersey
  11. New Mexico
  12. New York
  13. Oregon
  14. Texas
  15. Utah
  16. Washington

A number of these states also allow undocumented students to receive state-level financial aid. Reach out to college financial aid offices to learn more.

Colleges That Meet 100 Percent of Financial Need for Undocumented Students

College Greenlight has a list of more than 30 colleges that meet 100 percent of demonstrated financial need for undocumented students. These colleges pledge to meet a student’s full need through grants, student employment, scholarships, and, in some cases, student loans. Schools on this list vary in the ways they meet undocumented students’ demonstrated financial need.


Free ACT Test Prep

No Comments 07 February 2017

ACT test prep doesn’t have to come with a price tag. The following resources are free and designed to help you perform to the best of your abilities on the exam. Test scores are a huge factor for college admittance, so take advantage of as many of these tools as you can.


4Tests provides tutorials to study every topic on the ACT. If you have questions about what you learned, visit 4Tests’ forums to connect with other users. Once you feel confident enough, take a free ACT practice provided by 4Tests.


The source of the test is a great place to go for ACT test prep. Although there are paid resources on the website, ACT offers free test tips, a downloadable study guide and an ACT question of the day to help give you a feel for the test.


This website allows you to view tutorials, answer practice questions and create flashcards for the ACT. Number2 adapts its course based on your skill level; it keeps track of what you’ve studied and your progress. You’ll receive feedback for each incorrect answer on practice tests. With all these features, plus the vocabulary builder and study plan email system, you will be ready to take the ACT in no time.

Union Test Prep

Union Test Prep shares all the need-to-know details about the ACT before you take the test. The website informs you how the test is scored, what it costs, what you need to bring with you on the day of the test and more. Once you know all the necessary information about the ACT, check out the practice tests, flashcards and study guides that Union Test Prep offers.

Your School

Many schools offer ACT review sessions for materials you might not have covered. You can take notes, study with your peers, take practice ACTs and ask your teacher any questions.

Greenlight to College Month

Greenlight to College Marathon FAQs

No Comments 02 February 2017

The Greenlight to College Marathon is Feb. 25. This event gives students the opportunity to earn money for college. If you’re looking for more information before you or your students sign up, here is a guide to everything you need to know.

What is the Marathon?

The Greenlight to College Marathon is a free event that gives students a chance to earn up to $100 every hour from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. CST, Feb. 25. It occurs online at www.collegegreenlight.com.

I’m a counselor, and I’m hosting an event. What should I do first?

Counselors hosting a marathon must complete this form to be entered to win a $50 gift card.

Do students have to register for the marathon to participate?

All students must register. Create a free College Greenlight account or log in to their existing profile to register.  They’ll be prompted to register for the marathon. Registrations begin Feb. 1 and go until the day of the marathon.

How do I promote the marathon to my students?

Share this blog post with your students and encourage them to register for the marathon here. Make sure your students RSVP to the corresponding Facebook event as a reminder.

How do students enter the hourly contests?

The day of the marathon, students should log into their College Greenlight account. They will be prompted to complete a form and upload photos of the following:

  • Confirmation email or webpage from scholarship provider acknowledging completed application
  • Selfie at a campus visit or college fair
  • College list on College Greenlight (Six schools minimum)
  • Completed Greenlight Scholars application

Take a look at the official rules of the contest here.

How will contest winners be announced?

The winners will be announced during the marathon at the beginning of every hour at facebook.com/collegegreenlight and twitter.com/cgreenlight. The winners will be contacted directly via email from the Greenlight team.

 How can students find match scholarships?

Students must log into their College Greenlight account and completely fill out their profile to be matched with scholarships.

If students applied to a scholarship before the marathon can they enter them in the hourly contests?

Yes, students can upload proof of any scholarship with a screenshot from the scholarship provider acknowledging they received the application.

If I have a question for the College team, how can I get in contact with them?

Contact us at info@collegegreenlight.com.

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