Over 75,000 undocumented students are enrolled in California public colleges and universities.

undocumented students graduate from California high schools each year

of undocumented students pursue higher education, and far fewer successfully graduate with a degree

of over 50,000 CA DREAM Act applicants were awarded a Cal Grant award

*These data points are estimates provided by California higher education systems.

About the Coalition

California is home to more than two million undocumented immigrants and conservative estimates find that approximately 75,000 undocumented students are enrolled in California’s public and independent colleges and universities. Losing, or even underutilizing, these talented students pose a threat to our state’s workforce and economy, as California needs an additional 1.65 million college-educated workers by 2030. Undocumented students are raised in our communities, attend our public schools, and abide by our laws. Supporting undocumented students in achieving their college dreams supports both California’s economy and its values.

The California Undocumented Higher Education Coalition was established as a response to the national uncertainty and aversive climate facing undocumented students. The coalition, composed of educators, civil rights, business, philanthropy, students, and community-based groups, works to strengthen California’s workforce and economy by ensuring college access and success for undocumented youth in the state.

The Coalition aims to:

  1. Lead policy advocacy efforts that increase access and provide resources that support undocumented students’ persistence in higher education.
  1. Work with colleges and universities to ensure they provide consistent and adequate resources and support services for undocumented students.
  1. Strengthen communications to undocumented students so that critical messaging effectively reaches them about their rights, their ability to attend college, and access to financial aid.

Coalition Areas of Work

Policy Advocacy

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Campus Resources

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To connect undocumented students with campus resources, we’ve designed an interactive map that shares information about campus centers for undocumented students, support programs, website addresses with relevant information, and contact information of undocumented allies/liaisons. Click on the image below to view the map.

Over 820,000 individuals have received DACA since it was implemented in 2012.

of DACA recipients across the country are either in school or currently employed
billion. The amount DACA recipients will contribute to the U.S GDP over the next decade
DACA recipients reside in California

*These data points are estimates provided by California higher education systems.


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