Undocumented Immigrants In North Carolina Aren’t Eligible For Financial Aid, But This Woman Found A Way To Help Undocumented High School Students Who Want To Continue Their Education
This woman is using her food truck to help undocumented immigrants pay for college
Posted by NowThis Her on Sunday, June 25, 2017
“We are unapologetic about who we are helping.”
If you are an undocumented student in North Carolina, affording higher education might seem like a daunting prospect. Currently, undocumented people and DACA beneficiaries are not eligible for in-state tuition in North Carolina. According to The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s admissions page, the average cost for an out-of-state student to attend is around $53,100 for the 2017-2018 academic year. For reference, the estimated cost for an in-state student at the same university is about $25,876.
That’s where Cecilia Polanco and So Good Pupusas come in. So Good Pupusas was started by Polanco and her family with a mission to help undocumented people get to college and ease the cost, even if by a little bit. Polanco, who was a first-generation student at UNC at Chapel Hill and benefited from scholarships herself, wanted to help undocumented high school seniors in North Carolina afford a higher education. The scholarships offered by So Good Pupusas doesn’t cover the full cost of college but they do offer two $1,000 scholarships that can be renewed every year.
“I started thinking about my part in the larger community and about how I was blessed to have received a number of scholarships to graduate debt-free,” Polanco told Independent Weekly. She added: “Scholarships really changed my life before I even stepped foot onto the campus.”
So Good Pupusas currently offers two $1,000 scholarships for undocumented students to ease their financial burden of a higher education. Polanco hopes to eventually get those scholarships up to $8,000. The scholarships, according to the So Good Pupusas website, are exclusively for undocumented high school seniors. While the application process for the fall semester is closed, there will be a chance for undocumented students to apply for the following semester.