Education Advocacy

This page is intended for students, educators and administrator’s of Georgia’s various educational systems to unite towards making in-state tuition for deferred action recipients a reality.  GALEO hopes to serve as a resource for advocates as well as providing constant updates about legislative and judicial progress being made.  If you are interested in our efforts, please consider joining our education advocacy mailing list.

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Background on Education Issues

Since our founding, the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO) has worked with elected officials at various levels to pass legislation that promotes higher education for Latino and immigrant communities.  Commonly known as and referred to as the DREAM act, we advocate for legislation that would make public colleges and universities more accessible and affordable for our communities.

In Georgia, we have been involved with efforts to pass a bill that would grant Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipients in-state tuition.  In 2015, this bill (SB 44) did not pass the Senate’s higher education committee but we look forward to continue pushing for in-state tuition access for Georgia’s DREAMers.


Why is In-State Tuition for DACA Recipients Important?

Providing in-state tuition for DACA recipients will benefit not only the students themselves, but the economy as well. Out-of-state tuition is several times higher than in-state tuition; many DACA recipients would not be able to afford going to college. Allowing them to pay in-state tuition will increase enrollment, thereby increasing the schools’ revenues. Each student who gets college-educated helps keep the economy strong despite the aging population, and provides essential taxes and attraction of high-wage employers to the state.


What Can YOU Do to Help GALEO’s Efforts?

When dealing with community issues, such as in-state tuition for DACA recipients, it is important that all stakeholders are recognized and have their input heard.  In other states where in-state tuition campaigns have been effective, the advocacy voice of teachers and those involved in the education system were crucial for success.  That is why GALEO is pushing for a statewide organization of educators, administrators, and students that support in-state tuition for DACA recipients.  We want to make sure that your voices are heard when the time comes for legislation to be reviewed.


Resources:

Basic Facts about In-State Tuition for Undocumented Immigrant Students

Summary of In-State Tuition Laws

Map of Tuition Equity by State

DACA Back to School Guide for Educators

Scholarships for DACA Students