Giving Compass' Take:

• In this story from Chalkbeat, author Reema Amin discusses the challenges that New York may face in getting undocumented students to apply for financial aid following the passage of the Jose Peralta New York State DREAM Act.

• What role could immigration and education advocates play in helping DREAMers make use of this opportunity? How can they help the government craft application processes that undocumented immigrants will be comfortable with? How can they work with families to address their concerns.

• To learn about the economic consequences of keeping DREAMers, click here.


Advocates, educators, and students ... are celebrating the recent passage of the Jose Peralta New York State DREAM Act, which would allow undocumented students to receive financial aid to attend New York colleges. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to sign the bill, which comes with a recommended $27 million for tuition assistance, by April.

People who pushed for the law for almost a decade are now thinking ahead to its implementation. Will official applications and other regulations be in place so that students can start applying soon after the bill is signed? Will schools be able to guide fearful students through yet another complex process? And how will students like Ejiogu be reassured that sharing information to get tuition help from the state won’t land them in trouble with federal immigration officials?

Andrea Ortiz, manager of education policy at New York Immigration Coalition, an immigration advocacy group, said she hopes the officials consult with coalitions and groups that are familiar with immigrants’ concerns.

Applications should be easy to read and fill out, and should not ask undocumented families for information that could make them uncomfortable, Ortiz said. And the school personnel who will be tasked with helping students to complete them must be trained in the intricacies of working with undocumented students.

Read the full article about the New York State DREAM Act by Reema Amin at Chalkbeat