SIRS: Educational Access
For close to forty years, Plyler vs. Doe has ensured equal access to education for children regardless of immigration status. In June 1982, the Supreme Court issued Plyler v. Doe, a landmark decision holding that states cannot constitutionally deny students a free public education on account of their immigration status. By a 5-4 vote, the Court found that any resources which might be saved from excluding undocumented children from public schools were far outweighed by the harms imposed on society at large from denying them an education.
At the post-secondary level, Texas law authorizes persons classified as Texas residents to pay in-state tuition, a rate of tuition that is generally three times lower than for those classified as nonresidents. In addition, Texas residents may receive state financial aid if they meet eligibility requirements of the program.
Partner Resource Guides:
- AISD Immigrant and Refugee Services
- Your Rights in AISD
- Semillitas de Aprendizaje
- Manor ISD Parent Resource Guide
Higher Ed Immigration Portal
This page consolidates the Portal’s effective practices, narratives, policy documents, and research products on DACA and undocumented students.
In-State Tuition & Residency- HB1403 & SB1528
Applying for Scholarships
Dreamer’s Roadmap (Phone Application)
Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Association of Greater Austin (Breakthrough students only- Application Due March 1st)
Austin Community Foundation Scholarships (AISD Students)
Manor Education Foundation Scholarship (Manor Students)
Funding opportunities for undocumented students on IHE campuses
FERPA & Student Safety
St. Edwards University:
Texas State University
- Immigration Policy & Law Relating to Students
- Texas State has established the Monarch Center for Immigrant Students One of the services included is legal services through our Attorney for Students office (e.g., help with DACA renewals. Learn more here.
- The university provides professional development opportunities for staff and faculty so we can better support our immigrant and undocumented students. Learn more here.
- The university has a student organization for undocumented students, SCOPE, as well. Learn more here.
- Texas State also has an underrepresented student advisory council: https://www.sdi.txstate.edu/ProgramsResources/USAC.html
Institutions with DREAM Resrouce Centers
Colorín Colorado: Strategies for Schools & Early Childhood Programs
Immigrant & Regugee Children: A guide for Educations and School Support Staff
Teaching about Immigration, Asylum, and Family Separation at the US-Mexico Border
Immigration Policy Impacts on High Education, Higher Ed Connects