The Challenge


Each year, about 65,000 undocumented students who have been in the United States for more than five or more years graduate from high school all around the country. Applying to college is a stressful and confusing time for all, let alone as an undocumented student. Being undocumented presents unique challenges that are compounded by the fact that no two institutions have the same policy on admissions and financial aid for undocumented students

While there are disparate resources online for undocumented students, there is no comprehensive resource that gathers the relevant information for undocumented students in this important stage in their lives. Moreover, many resources are understandably written for undocumented students in specific states. Higher Dreams is a website devoted to serve the unmet needs of all undocumented students applying to college, written from the perspective of an undocumented student who has been through the process.

Higher Dreams is also a network of undocumented college students and education professionals with the goal of facilitating communication among the undocumented student community. The forum serves as a platform for undocumented students to ask questions  anonymously that may not have been addressed in other areas of the site. We hope that this approach would individualize the vastly complex college admissions process, and allow students to address questions or concerns unique to themselves or their situations.