Now, there will be others, children of undocumented immigrants, that might not be given the opportunity of having their tuition/fees paid in full, and the state of New Jersey strives to provide easier access to financial aid.
On Wednesday June 27th, according to CNNMoney, the Higher Education Students Assistance Authority (HESAA), the agency in which distributes financial aid grants, stated that they would no longer be denying in-compliant or missing social security numbers from the parent’s questionnaire on the FAFSA application.
Although this distinct agency had already given students the opportunity to appeal a denial and instead prove their own United States resident status,only a small portion of the applicants actually went forth with this option, as they feared it would be a detriment to their desired aid and reveal the undocumented status of their parents.
Maria Juega, the executive director of Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund, and others, have been pushing for years to get the HESAA to alter their treatment towards the applications from children of undocumented immigrants.
They have finally reached their desired stature.
"Commencing in this coming academic year 2016-2017 ... any student who answers that their parents are New Jersey residents on the FAFSA -- even if an invalid Social Security number is provided -- will no longer receive an initial denial," wrote agency spokesperson Marcia Karrow in an email.
Financial aid is extremely beneficial, and a prime factor as to why a lot of us are able to afford to attend college. It is excellent to envision such a positive change taking place within our nation in order to make those children of undocumented immigrants become one with the rest, and pursue a higher education.
-- Lupita Villarreal