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Thousands Of DREAMers Are Not Applying For Financial Aid And Officials Want To Change That Now

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The deadline for filling out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is fast approaching, and every, fewer and fewer students apply for financial aid.

Millions of dollars are still on the table and tens of thousands of Pell grants have gone unclaimed in the state of California. The LA Times reports that the number of students who have applied for financial aid to college under the California Dream Act has seen a significant decline. Politicians and financial aid officials believe the stark decrease in DREAMers applying for financial aid is tied to the increased presence of immigration enforcement officials. The rhetoric coming from President Donald Trump and his hardline stance on immigration isn’t helping the decrease in applicants, Lupita Cortez Alcalá, executive director of the California Student Aid Commission told LA Times.

“I believe that students are not filing because they’re afraid to file,” Cortez Alcalá told the LA Times.

According to Pew Research Center, Latino enrollment in college has increased steadily since 2000 while high school dropout rates have declined dramatically.

Pew Research Center also found that Latinos are less likely than other groups to take on student debt, making the grants offered by L.A. Cash For College more important, since grants typically don’t require you to pay them back.

The deadline to apply through L.A. Cash For College is March 2. So go on, get that money and get your higher education!

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READ: Here’s How You Can Come Up On Some Cash If You’re A DACA Student

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Latinos Are The Largest Group Of Freshman Class In University Of California System

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Latinos Are The Largest Group Of Freshman Class In University Of California System

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For the first time, Latinos make up a majority of students accepted into the University of California system. California is home to a very large Latino population and these incoming freshman class is being celebrated as representing California.

For the first time in its history, the University of California system admitted a class of majority Latino students.

According to data about admissions, Latinos represent 36 percent of the 79,953 students accepted to the UC system. Asian-Americans represent 35 percent of the new freshman class. Meanwhile, white people made up 21 percent, African-Americans made up 5 percent, and American Indian/Pacific Islander made up 0 percent. Three percent of students chose not to reveal their race or ethnicity.

“This has been an incredibly challenging time as many students have been making their college decision in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic,” UC President Janet Napolitano said in a statement. “UC continues to see increased admissions of underrepresented students as we seek to educate a diverse student body of future leaders. The incoming class will be one of our most talented and diverse yet, and UC is proud to invite them to join us.”

The university system recently did away with SAT/ACT requirements.

Some think that the university system eliminating the SAT/ACT requirements explains part of the uptick in Latino students. In May, the UC system announced that students would not be required to submit SAT or ACT scores for admission.

The standardized tests have long been accused of preventing minority and disadvantaged students from attending college.

The Compton Unified School District filed a lawsuit against the UC system in late 2019. The lawsuit, filed by four students and six community organizers, points out the racial bias of the tests that block disadvantaged and minority students from being admitted to college.

READ: In-Person Courses Have Been Canceled As Well As Recreational Activities, Now Students Are Protesting To Cancel SAT Exams Due To Coronavirus

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‘Glee’ Creators Have Announced A College Fund They Are Creating For Naya Rivera’s Son


‘Glee’ Creators Have Announced A College Fund They Are Creating For Naya Rivera’s Son

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There are still a lot of questions surrounding Naya Rivera’s sudden and tragic death. The 33-year-old actress is survived by her young son Josey and the creators of “Glee” are coming together to help his future.

“Glee” creators Ryan Murphy, Ian Brennan, and Brad Falchuk have announced a college fund for Naya Rivera’s son.

Josey Hollis Dorsey, who is 4 years old, was with his mother when she tragically died on Lake Piru in Ventura County, California. Since the discovery of Rivera’s body, the cast and creators of “Glee” have shared touching tributes to the actress and singer.

“Our hearts go out to her family, especially her mom Yolanda, who was a big part of the ‘Glee’ family and her son Josey,” reads the statement by the three creators. “The three of use are currently in the process of creating a college fund for the beautiful son Naya loved most of all.”

The statement comes with the backdrop that Rivera sacrificed her own life to save her son.

According to the official autopsy, Rivera’s cause fo death was drowning in Lake Piru. The actress had rented a pontoon boat for her and her son to enjoy some time together on the lake around the 4th of July holiday. According to officials, Rivera made the ultimate sacrifice for her son.

“She mustered enough energy to get her son back onto the boat, but not enough to save herself,” Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub said in a press conference, according to CNN.

Her former “Glee” classmates remember Rivera as a loving and kind person.

It is clear that Rivera left an indelible mark on everyone she worked with. Her passion for life and her craft is evident in the constant outpouring of love from friends, family, and costars as they continue to try to make sense of the tragedy.

Rest in peace, Naya.

READ: Queer People Are Shouting Their Gratitude For Naya Rivera’s Trailblazing Character Santana Lopez

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