As a family of immigrants, what if I do not have the proper documentation for eligibility for federal financial aid?
This is a tough question. Many immigrants are caught in a twilight zone as they grow old waiting for action by the INS.
Meanwhile, here are some strategies you can take as you apply for financial aid:
- If you can provide documentation of an application for a green card, many colleges will grant federal and state aid.
- Some colleges who really want a student will use their campus resources to fund the student while awaiting the papers to make the student eligible for public assistance.
- Sometimes an eligible relative can assume custody of the student. However, the student’s need may be calculated on the custodian’s income and assets.
- Occasionally, a letter from a member of Congress in support of the student’s case can help.