H. Kenny Nienhusser, assistant professor and director of the Center for Learning and Professional Education in the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions (ENHP), had an opinion article published in the Tuesday, June 3, edition of the Hartford Courant.
His opinion piece argues that access to state financial aid programs should be opened up to undocumented students.
"According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, Connecticut is one of only 18 states that offer in-state resident tuition to undocumented students who enroll in a public college or university," writes Nienhusser. "Connecticut, however, does not offer state financial aid to this population. It is important to note that undocumented students, regardless of their state of residence, are not eligible for any federal financial aid such as a Pell Grant or Federal Work Study Program.
"So, the only financial assistance that undocumented students in Connecticut might be eligible for is institutional aid (primarily from private colleges and universities) and private scholarships (typically if citizenship is not a requirement)," he notes. "Outside of those limited funds, undocumented students must finance college almost entirely out of their often limited household incomes. These discriminatory policies coupled with the increasing costs of college tuition severely limit the higher education trajectories of these students," writes Nienhusser.