Below are resources that may help you become a student at NHCC and successfully complete your academic goals in college!
Resources to review:
Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servico (CLUES)
CLUES is a linguistically and culturally relevant resource and service organization founded in 1981 by Latinos for Latinos with programs and services that connect families to resources, skills, institutions, and systems to create an environment for people to be engaged and empowered, including those in:
- Health & Family Wellbeing
- Economic Vitality
Immigration Law Center
The Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota enhances opportunities for immigrants and refugees through legal representation for low-income individuals, and through education and advocacy with diverse communities. Services include:
- Legal services
- Education and training
- Advocacy issues
- DACA Deferred Action
La Oportunidad, Inc.
La Oportunidad is a recognized leader for providing effective educational and supportive programs that enable Latino individuals and families to achieve positive educational and social outcomes. The organization’s mission is to champion the development of Latino individuals and families to create a strong, peaceful community. They achieve its mission by providing bilingual and culturally-relevant, research-base and family-centered, programs for Latino children, youth, adults, and families, including:
- El Camino (The Path) Children’s Program
- Latino Youth Program
- Padres (Parents) Program
- Latinos Ending Abuse Program (LEAP)
Minnesota Dream Act
The MN Dream Act (also known as The Prosperity Act) was introduced by Senator Sandra Pappas (SF723) and Representative Carlos Mariani (HF875) and was included in the omnibus Higher Education bill passed by the 2013 Minnesota Legislature and signed into law by Governor Dayton on May 23, 2013.
The MN Dream Act will provide certain benefits to undocumented students who meet the following criteria:
- Attended a Minnesota high school for at least 3 years; and
- Graduated from a Minnesota high school or earned a GED in Minnesota; and
- Registered with the U.S. Selective Service (applies only to males 18 to 25 years old); and
- Provide documentation to show they have applied for lawful immigration status but only if a federal process exists for a student to do so (does not include applying for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). There is currently not a federal process in place, so this documentation is not currently required.
Students who meet the criteria in the MN Dream Act will be eligible for the following benefits:
- In-state resident tuition rates at public colleges and universities.
- State financial aid available to students who meet state residency requirements.
- Privately funded financial aid through public colleges and universities.
NAVIGATE is a leadership development program for immigrant young adults in Minnesota facing financial, social, and legal barriers to achieve their dreams through changing unjust systems. Through NAVIGATE, these young adults help their communities and themselves by gaining access to college, getting jobs, and obtaining legal status. Services include:
- Presentations about college access in Minnesota
- Community service internships that develop leadership and professional skills