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.
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.
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.
Have you or a family member received an Adams Scholarship Award letter?
If you or your family member have applied for a U visa, TPS, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, Asylum, or Adjustment of Status to Permanent Resident, or been granted one of these statuses or another immigration status such as DACA, and you wish to use the Adams Scholarship to attend a Massachusetts state college, community college, or university but have been informed that the status makes you or your family member INELIGIBLE for the Scholarship, we would like to help you correct this problem.
Please contact us as soon as possible and send the following information to:
Iris Gomez, Julie Gallup, or Sara Horatius
Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
Phone: (617) 357-0700 ext. 331,335, or 321
Or at any of the following emails:
Support the Higher Education Equity Bill
On July 15th, 2015, the Joint Committee on Higher Education held a public hearing for H. 1061/ S. 654: An Act relative to equal opportunity for high school graduates in the Commonwealth. This bill hopes to achieve in-state tution and state financial aid for all high school graduates in Massachusetts, regardless of their immigration status. We are eargerly awaiting the outcome of this hearing!