Don’t Deny Undocumented College Students Access to Emergency Aid During Coronavirus

Target: Betsy DeVos, United States Secretary of Education

Goal: Allow undocumented college students affected by coronavirus to receive emergency aid.

Undocumented college students have been barred from receiving coronavirus emergency aid money thanks to a decision made by the U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos. Among these students are recipients of the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that allowed immigrants brought to the U.S. as children to receive a renewable two-year period of safety from deportation and the opportunity to apply for a work permit.

About 6.3 billion dollars of emergency aid was allotted for universities during the Covid-19 crisis, and thousands of undocumented students cannot access any of it. It is unclear how many students are affected because the government does not keep exact figures of undocumented students. However, recipients of the DACA program are estimated to be around 700,000.

These students already face a steeper challenge in attending and completing college due to denial of resources and a constant pending legal status. Because they cannot receive federal student aid, many work to pay for college out of pocket. Sign below to demand undocumented students impacted by Covid-19 receive emergency aid.


Dear Secretary DeVos,

Every student is counted toward a university’s total enrollment, which is the figure used to generate how much money a college would receive in emergency aid. Therefore, undocumented students and DACA recipients likely rose the amount of money an institution would receive, yet these students are cut off from that aid.

These students are contributing members of American society, often forced to pay for education out of pocket. I demand that you allow them access to emergency aid during a global health crisis.


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