Undocumented students still face enormous barriers to entering and completing higher education in the U.S. The patchwork of different federal, state, local, and university-specific policies coincides with inadequate information from high schools and postsecondary institutions, high levels of poverty, a fear of sharing immigration status, unanticipated cost increases for higher education, and the need to work to pay tuition—all of which create a situation where hundreds of thousands of undocumented students are left without a clear pathway forward.

The Center for American Progress which published an extensive report last year on this issue, calls for a concerted effort by the federal government, states, higher-education advocacy organizations, and individual colleges and universities to ensure that all students have access to a high-quality higher education, regardless of their immigration status.