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Help make college dreams a reality for Boston students!

College kids hands for scholarshipContribute to a scholarship for undocumented immigrants who’ve just graduated from city schools.

Thousands of immigrants attend Boston’s high schools. They work hard and have big dreams, but at graduation time, many face a huge obstacle: If they’re undocumented, they don’t qualify for federal financial aid, and if they enroll in a public college in Massachusetts, many will have to pay out-of-state tuition.

Nationwide, only about 3% of undocumented students finish college, mainly because of the cost. The Unafraid Scholarship was created by a group of teachers to help students from Boston Public Schools who’ve been accepted to college but aren’t eligible for federal financial aid.

Read more: Help make college dreams a reality for Boston students!

What you need to know about the ‘public charge’ rule

UPDATE Oct. 15, 2019: Five federal courts have blocked implementation of the public charge rule, which was set to go into effect on Oct. 15, 2019. Until further notice, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will thus continue to apply the previous, much-narrower definition of “public charge.” Anyone applying for a green card within the U.S. can still do so without being affected by the new rule. However, the State Department is already applying a similar standard to applications filed abroad, and is updating its guidance to match the DHS criteria. We will continue to update this page as lawsuits move through the courts and policies evolve.

Emma Lazarus’ poem at the foot of the Statue of Liberty invites the world to “give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” For centuries, people have come with little or nothing, and built new lives and new fortunes here. It’s the American Dream.

But now the Trump administration wants to slam the door on working-class immigrants by subjecting anyone who earns less than 250% of the federal poverty line ($64,375 for a family of 4) to intense scrutiny, and effectively excluding anyone below 125% of FPL ($32,188 for a family of 4).

Immigrants applying for a green card or visa could be deemed to be a “public charge” – someone who depends on the government – and turned away if they earn below 250% of FPL and use any of a wide range of public programs for working families, or are deemed to be likely to use them in the future due to their income, age, health status, credit score and other factors. 

Read more: What you need to know about the ‘public charge’ rule

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