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For students who identify as LGBTQ+, the college application process can require yet another batch of questions, challenges and choices to sift and explore.
If you’re one of these students — or a counselor or family member or other ally — we don’t want you to navigate alone.
Introducing Campus Pride, the leading national nonprofit committed to creating safe havens for LGBTQ+ students. Campus Pride offers a rich library of resources for students, families, counselors, administrators, etc.
We’ve compiled a list of 10 helpful ways you can use those resources as your ally — and become an ally in return.
1. Know your terms. Study and adopt accurate language from the Ultimate Queer College Guide.
2. Seek LGBTQ+-friendly campuses. Use the Campus Pride index to search hundreds of colleges and universities recognized for their inclusivity.
a. Personalize your search. If you’re a student-athlete, browse the Campus Pride Sports Index to review schools with inclusive sports scenes. If you’re a person of faith, check out these resources to see which groups create space specifically for conversations about faith, gender identity and sexual orientation.
b. Peruse the policies. Use the Trans Policy Clearinghouse to discover campuses nationwide with trans- and gender-inclusive policies that govern everything from student housing to medical expenses.
c. Leave the screen at home. Register and attend an upcoming Campus Pride National LGBT-Friendly College Fair in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Charlotte, Boston, or New York City. Take this personal campus inventory quiz before you go so you can know what to look for.
3. Visit an LGBTQ+-friendly campus. When you do, be sure to take notes using this scorecard for LGBTQ+ students and their families.
4. Follow the money. Search through hundreds of scholarships, fellowships and grants for LGBTQ+ and ally students in both undergrad and grad programs through the National Scholarship Database.
5. Consider going Greek. Before you do, check out this list of sorority and fraternity allies who in policy and practice welcome members of all identities and orientations.
6. Embrace an intersectional approach. Leaf through these resources for queer and trans people of color.
7. Get trained. Learn how to create safe and friendly spaces as a student, counselor, educator or administrator at your school or organization through
Camp Pride summer leadership camp (for students only)
LGBTQ Professional Academy for Advisors (aka Advisor Boot Camp), or
8. Get to work. If you’re a young adult (or merely young at heart), seek networking opportunities and professional development at a National LGBT-Friendly Job & Career Fair, or, if you’d like to advocate inclusion as a profession, check out Campus Pride’s fellowship, internship, and volunteer opportunities.
10. Create space for your community to learn more. Request a Campus Pride speaker to discuss LGBTQ+ affairs with your school, organization, or local Gay-Straight Alliance chapter, etc.
May you go forth, armed with these resources, and multiply your world’s safe havens.
Four important questions answered and oodles of resources to help undocumented students prepare and apply for college.
1. Can I still still go to college if I am undocumented?
Yes. There is no federal policy restricting undocumented students from being accepted at a university.
2. Am I eligible for financial aid?
It depends on what state you live in. Undocumented students are ineligible for federal aid, but many schools offer in-state tuition and state and university scholarships to undocumented students. You can find a map of these states here, or on this page.
3. Will applying to colleges give the federal government information that will get me deported?
No. Schools administration do not legally have to give information to the federal government about its students under FERPA (see "Laws and Regulations" below for more information). And any information given to these schools cannot be held against you in court. When it comes to applying for scholarships, the policies different from source to source, so make sure to read their agreements carefully.
4. Should I give up hope on going to college?
No way! You are not alone in this journey. There are many people in your community who are in your same position or are devoting their time and energy to making sure you get to college. Now is the best possible time to apply.
Here are tons of resources for helping you get there:
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Applying to College
How to Get Your Testing, Application Fees, and Basically Everything Else for Free
The title says it all. This is the best and more practical place to start.
How DACA Students Can Apply to College
11 tips for Dreamers.
The CollegeBoard’s Repository of Resources for Undocumented Students
A list of organizations and resources for how to get support through applying and attending college.
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Paying for College: Scholarships and In-State Tuition
A List of Schools’ Financial Aid Policies toward Undocumented Students
Each school has their own policies. While your options may be more limited, there are many schools out there that strongly support you in your journey.
4-Year Colleges & Universities Admissions Policies, Financial Aid, and Scholarships
Admission policies, financial aid, and scholarship opportunities at colleges and universities throughout the nation and abroad.
How Undocumented Immigrants Might Qualify for College Financial Aid in N.J.
The New Jersey legislature is writing a bill that will allow undocumented students who graduated from a New Jersey high school to receive state financial aid.
Student Loans for Immigrants: Here are some tips for applying for loans as an immigrant.
Laws and Regulations
Free or Reduced-Price Legal Help
When in doubt, ask a professional.
DREAM Act - Five Facts You Need to Know About the DREAM Act
Policies differ by state so you’ll have to do your research.
DACA - The pros and cons of applying for DACA
DACA is a temporary option to defer deportation: “If you are considering applying for DACA but haven't yet done so, take the time to first consider your own personal, immigration, and criminal history and the risks of providing these details to the U.S. government.”
FERPA - The US Department of Education
You have a right to privacy regarding your educational information.
HB60 - Illinois Coalition for Immigrants and Refugee Rights
An Illinois act that allows in-state tuition for undocumented students.
HB540 - Resources for Undocumented Students (AB 540)
A California act that allows in-state tuition for undocumented students
Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN) - American Immigration Council
A number given to people without social security numbers so that they can still pay taxes, gaining tax credits, getting a driver’s license, and other things.
Resources for educators
Post-Election: What Educators Can Do to Support Undocumented Students
Everything you need to know about how you can support undocumented students.