Public Colleges Are More Likely to Admit Undocumented Students Than Private Colleges
July 17, 2011

By Kelly Field



Public colleges are more likely than private colleges to admit undocumented students as a matter of policy, but they are less likely to offer such students financial aid, according to a new survey.

The survey by the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good, at the University of Michigan, was sent to members of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators in February. It found that 36 percent of public colleges and 21 percent of private colleges had policies that allow undocumented students to enroll, while 29 percent of public colleges and 57 percent of private colleges provide them with institutional aid. The initial survey findings were released Sunday at Nasfaa’s annual conference here in Boston. The final report will be released in late August.

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