‘National Dream University’ to Serve Undocumented Students

The new California-based “National Dream University” program will offer undocumented immigrant students the ability to study online for a labor studies certificate while awaiting passage of the Dream Act.

The one-year program is being offered by the University of California,Los Angeles, Center for Labor Research and Education and the National Labor College. It will launch in January 2013 and will cost $2,490.

While some states offer in-state tuition to undocumented immigrants, the majority do not and the high cost of a college education deters many young people from pursuing higher education.

UCLA labor center director Kent Wong told Inside Higher Ed that he hopes academics at other universities will pursue similar initiatives. “I hope that this will encourage other faculty to get involved in ways to pressure their states and pressure the federal government to make changes so that these young people can receive the access to higher education which they need and which they deserve,” he said.

On a similar note, after Georgia banned undocumented students from attending some state institutions,  University of Georgia faculty members created Freedom University. The non-credit courses are offered for free to undocumented students.

It’s certainly a well-intentioned effort. But do you think these certificates will be that helpful to these students?

Related Links:

– National Dream University

– “Undocumented, But Not Uneducated.” Inside Higher Ed. 

– “DREAM Act College: UCLA professors create National Dream University, online school for undocumented students. The Huffington Post. 

– Freedom University.

– “Repository of Resources for Undocumented Students.” The College Board. 

One thought on “‘National Dream University’ to Serve Undocumented Students

  1. $2490 for a non-transferable certificate seems high. Students are currently not guaranteed that they can transfer these credits to other institutions for credit…and students are responsible for their own transportation to the East Coast and the West Coast to complete parts of the the certificate program-that’s another big expense. I see this as a good effort, but I’m not convinced that it’s a wise step for all students–especially those who want to transfer, are not sure that they want a career in labor, and do not have grant aid to cover these expenses.

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