Facebook Live Q&A: Supporting Undocumented Students

Advising and supporting undocumented students through the college admission process can be difficult in these uncertain times.

To answer your questions and offer a bevy of resources, Gaby Pacheco of TheDream.US, the nation’s largest college access and success program for DREAMers, will join NACAC for a Facebook Live broadcast on Tuesday, Aug. 20.

Tune in at noon ET to discuss ways NACAC members can best support undocumented students in the coming school year, current policies and litigation related to DACA recipients and undocumented students, and more.

Viewers of the live broadcast will also be among the first to learn new details about the TheDream.US scholarship program. You can watch the full conversation live on NACAC’s Facebook page. Have questions for Pacheco? Ask them during the chat using the post’s comment section or submit them ahead of time via email.

Ashley Dobson is NACAC’s senior communications manager for content and social media. You can reach her at adobson@nacacnet.org.

Member View: Easing the College Transition for First-Gen Students


Editor’s note:  This post was originally published on Admitted in August 2018. It’s being republished as part of NACAC’s Best of the Blog series.

Heading off to college can be an anxiety-ridden process for all teens, but first-generation and low-income students experience “a whole different level of stress,” NACAC member Andrew Moe wrote in a op-ed for the Hechinger Report.

As a result, such students are far more likely than their peers to “melt” — a term used to describe the phenomenon of students who enroll in college but fail to show up in the fall.

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Students Offer College Transition Tips


Heading off to college is a huge period of transition for students and BUILD Series, a live interview series in New York City, wants to help ease some of the anxiety around the freshman year experience.

Host Matt Forte recently interviewed three current college students at New York University — Wade Cushner, Nettie Jones, and Liz Schilling — about parent relationships in college, making new friends, dealing with roommates, and how to get through the transition.

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Pennsylvania OKs Tuition Waivers for Foster Kids


Foster children in Pennsylvania will soon be able to attend college tuition-free.

A new state law extends the offer to anyone who spent time in foster care at age 16 or older, including students who have since aged out of the system or been adopted. Twenty-eight other states offer similar waivers for foster youth, according to The Allentown Morning Call.

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Report: Social Class—Not Smarts—Is A Better Predictor of Academic Success

Inequities in opportunity begin far before college, according to a recent report.

In fact, the social class a child is born into is a better predictor than academic test scores when it comes to calculating future earning power, research from Georgetown University’s Center for Education and the Workforce shows.

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#NACACreads: Help Shape Our Upcoming Discussion

Are our colleges and universities ready for the increasingly diverse student bodies they try to recruit?

Join us on Sept. 17 when we’ll address that question and more during a #NACACreads discussion with Anthony Abraham Jack, author of The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Disadvantaged Students. The hour-long chat will kick off on Twitter at 9 p.m. ET.

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