‘Dreamers’ Celebrate Graduation Despite DACA Uncertainty
Timothy Pratt, The Hechinger Report/PBS NewsHour
Last month, Jacob Maldonado, now 22, walked across the stage at Trevecca Nazarene University to receive his college diploma.
Maldonado persevered through hard work and financial support from private groups like Equal Chance for Education, which provides scholarships to "DREAMers" in Nashville, Tennessee, who are not eligible for student loans or financial aid because of their legal status.
Among the many hurdles faced by students in the Deferred Action for Early Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, one of the biggest is financial. They are ineligible for federal loans or grants, and 32 states, including Georgia, and, most recently, Arizona, have passed laws forcing DACA students to pay higher out-of-state tuition at public universities and colleges, even if they're in-state residents.