Succeeding in College
FINANCING YOUR EDUCATION
Affording school is not a matter of “making thousands of dollars, but of saving pennies”. As an undocumented student, you must be creative in order to finance your education since you are ineligible to apply for state and federal financial aid (i.e., FAFSA, BOG Fee Waiver, Pell Grant, Cal Grant). Remember, you can obtain a higher education with hard work, resourcefulness, and support! FUNDRAISING TIPS
Below is a list of various ways AB 540 students have raised money to fund their college education: Work. If you have a work permit, that provides you the right to seek employment in the U.S.
Stipends. Undocumented students may be eligible for privately funded stipends.10
Donations. Ask for donations from former teachers and/or current professors. Do not be afraid to ask! Many individuals are willing to support you in one way or another.
Fundraisers. Hold “house parties” to raise money from friends and family; Organize carwashes, food sales, book sales, graduation sales (candy leis, teddy bears, etc.); or, attend comedy shows (a group gets paid for attending tapings of shows).
Scholarships. Undocumented students are eligible for many private scholarships. Use scholarship search engines like www.fastweb.com to look for scholarships.
Scholarships are a great way to fund your education, especially if you do not qualify for state/federal financial aid. Below are some tips to help finance your education: There are organizations and individuals that provide scholarships to undocumented students; however, these are limited in number and becoming increasingly competitive. Students must contact individual scholarship providers for eligibility requirements, specific deadlines, and application process information. Make sure to obtain information from a representative since the information printed on the list may be outdated. Also, be sure to CHECK ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS. You do not want to spend hours...
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