On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) released a resource guide to help school districts better support undocumented youth. According to DOE, the aim of the guide is to help educators and school staff "support the academic success of undocumented youth, to debunk misconceptions by clarifying the legal rights of undocumented students as well as sharing helpful information about financial aid options open to undocumented students."
The guide includes resources aimed at high school and college students and includes:
- An overview of the rights of undocumented students;
- Tips for educators on how to support undocumented youth in high school and college;
- Key information on non-citizen access to federal financial aid;
- A list of private scholarships for which undocumented youth might be eligible;
- Information on federally-funded adult education programs at the local level; and
- Guidance for migrant students in accessing their education records for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
DOE plans to release a resource guide for early learning and elementary school settings in the coming months.