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Immigrant & Refugee Advocacy Coalition Higher Ed


MIRA takes part in many educational campaigns: advocating for the DREAM Act, reaching out to colleges to educate them on policies they may follow, and pushing for in-state tuition rates for undocumented youth by supporting 'An Act regarding higher education opportunities for high school graduates in the Commonwealth.' This bill, currently filed in the MA legislature, seeks to ensure all Massachusetts's high school graduates have the opportunity to pursue affordable higher education.

MIRA believes that opportunities for higher education should be encouraged for the benefit of all in Massachusetts.

MIRA advocates for access to higher education through:


The MIRA Coalition provides trainings to guidance councilors, students, parents, and teachers about resources available to immigrant youth.

Scholarship research

Many private scholarships have no residency requirement, both citizens and non-citiszens can apply. Many organizations have such funding available for students. Many colleges also have funding available for both documented and undocumented students.

Individual assistance

Some students need more assistance than others, and we are ready to serve conselors in the best means possible. We have spoken with students individually and in group to give them the information they need and the confidence to push forward their collegiate education.

Higher Education Advocacy

MIRA takes part in many educational campaigns, pushing for in-state tuition rates for undocumented youth who have graduated from MA high schools, advocating for the DREAM Act, and reachng out to colleges to educate them on policies they may follow.

2011 In-State Tuition Co-Sponsors

The fight for equal access to higher education is far from over.  The Massachusetts Legislature re-filed a bill for the new 2011-2012 session that would allow Massachusetts high school graduates who are undocumented to pay the in-state tuition rate for public colleges and universities and bring in an estimated $2.5 million in extra tuition revenue for the state.

Please express your appreciation for the following legislators for not giving up the Commonwealth's DREAMers.  We applaud their courageous and rational commitment to the issue, and urge their fellow colleagues to support the bill and pass it this year!

Call the State House Switchboard: 617-722-2000

Or find your legislator via:

Thank you for sponsoring An Act regarding higher education opportunities for high school graduates in the commonwealth!

Representatives                              Senators

Alice Wolf*

Denise Provost*

Cory Atkins

Denise Andrews

Carlo Basile

William Brownsberger

Cheryl Coakley-Rivera

Linda Dorcena Forry

Gloria L. Fox

Jonathan Hecht

Jay Kaufman

Kay Khan

Elizabeth A. Malia

James J. O'Day

William "Smitty" Pignatelli

Byron Rushing 

Jeffrey Sánchez

Carl Sciortino

Christopher Speranzo

Timothy Toomey

David Torrisi

Martin Walsh

Sonia Chang-Diaz*

Sal DiDomenico

Kenneth Donnelly

Jamie Eldridge

Patricia Jehlen

Anthony Petrucelli

*Lead Sponosors

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