Earlier this month we wrote a post on the topic of undocumented immigrants who live in the state of Florida having to pay out-of-state tuition to attend colleges in the state. At the time of that post Governor Scott indicated that he might support in-state tuition for those individuals. How the current legislation regarding the matter will be handled, remains to be seen. One college located in South Florida, isn’t waiting around for that decision.
Miami-Dade College recently accepted 22 scholarships for undocumented immigrants. The individuals who received the scholarships likely would not have had the means to pay for a higher education. The group that provided the scholarships is called “The Dream US.” According to the president of the school, in the future, the college will probably see more of these scholarships.
One recipient of a scholarship has been in the United States for close to 10 years. She indicated that receiving the scholarship has dramatically impacted her life. Instead of having to settle for a minimum wage job, she believes the scholarship will set her on the path to one day attain financial stability.
Making a living wage is difficult for many who live in the United States, regardless of their background. It is that much more difficult when one does not have a degree from an institute of higher education. The move to provide scholarships to undocumented immigrants is something that many in the same situation who reside in the state of Florida would likely love to take advantage of. Whether other schools will follow suit remains to be seen.
Source: CBS 4, “Miami-Dade College Welcomes Undocumented Immigrant Scholarships,” David Sutta, Feb. 11, 2014