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By Antoinette Flores

For the thousands of undocumented young people who graduate from American high schools each year, the path to a college degree or a postsecondary credential is overshadowed by the complex state, federal, and institutional policies that determine available education options. These undocumented students are not eligible for federal financial aid, and many states do not allow them to pay in-state tuition rates. It is unlikely that they can afford the high and ever-increasing cost of tuition, especially without access to in-state tuition rates and federal grants and loans.

As gains made in the postsecondary attainment of competitor countries outpace gains made in the United States, America needs to do more to increase its college-going and high school graduation rates, giving undocumented students the ability to succeed and to become the social and economic participants the United States needs to guarantee a prosperous future.