November 7, 2012 by kguzman707
According to the article “College Choice Process of Latino Undocumented Students” by assistant professor in Chicano Studies at California State, 65,000 undocumented students graduate yearly from U.S. high schools. Many of these undocumented students desire to pursue a higher-level education, but are disappointed with their legal status affecting their future goals. Many states have tried to pass legislation that may offer in-state tuition to these undocumented students seeking to better their lives, achieve their goals, and help their families.. One such example is California, which is home to the largest population of immigrants according to a 2006 study. California’s AB 540 has provided undocumented students with the opportunity to pay in-state tuition on the conditions that they attend a California high school for three years and gradate from one or the equivalent and be accepted into an institution. They must also make sure that they are filing for a legalization process. Although the students would be eligible for in-state tuition, they would not be eligible for federal or state aid. Certainly, that implication would greatly influence their postsecondary goals. Legal blocks sometimes affect these efforts in many other states. Supporters of examining the college process for undocumented Latino students argue that providing a way for these kids to go to college would invest additional money in the U.S. economy. They also argue that future jobs will demand a college education and that Latino students with a college degree can help to fulfill the shortage of employees in the future. Another point of the article says that many Latino students will enroll in community colleges for their first two years. On the down side, this might lessen the hopes of these students and make the transfer to a four-year college less likely. All in all, the ability of undocumented students to go to college continues to be an important political, social, and economic issue. Academic researchers encourage further literature and research specifically regarding undocumented students’ postsecondary experiences and college process in hopes that it may actually enforce real-life applications.