Undocumented Students

Last Updated 05/01/2024

Refers to individuals who reside in the United States without legal documentation or authorization. They may have entered the country illegally or overstayed their visas. Despite their undocumented status, many have been raised and educated in the U.S. during elementary and secondary school years, and often face significant barriers to accessing higher education and other opportunities. Undocumented students are estimated to comprise a small percentage of the total student population—some studies suggesting less than 1% (an estimated 400,000 students including DACA recipients enrolled in higher education.)


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