MTV and Get Schooled launched, “We are the Dream,” a multi-platform campaign to amplify resources for undocumented youth seeking higher education.
“I am one of tens of thousands of first and second generation immigrants that are having a significant positive impact on the United States. We are the Dream,” said French Montana. “I am excited to lead others in this fight to ensure Dreamers connect with support they need to get to college and make their American Dream come true.”
According to a 2015 report from the U.S. Department of Education, about 65,000 undocumented students graduate from high school each year and only 5-10% of these undocumented students continue their higher education. Data suggests that to succeed, undocumented young people need factual information about how they can access and finance a college education as well as connection to a broader community.
“The path from high school to college is confusing and stressful for the average high school senior, but even more so for undocumented students,” said Marie Groark, Executive Director of Get Schooled. “We are excited to partner with MTV to spread awareness among undocumented students and their allies that resources are available, college is possible, and they are not alone in their quest to get an education.”
While undocumented youth cannot access federal aid, six states, including California, Minnesota, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas and Washington, allow undocumented students to receive state financial aid.
At least 18 additional states have provisions for allowing in-state tuition rates for undocumented students. There are also many private institutions that offer significant support for undocumented students, and TheDream.US, the largest scholarships source for Dreamers, has raised nearly $200 million in scholarships to offset the cost of college.
MTV is a global youth culture brand inspired by music. MTV (originally an initialism of Music Television) is an American cable and satellite television channel owned by Viacom Media Networks (a division of Viacom) and headquartered in New York City.
About Get Schooled
Get Schooled is an award-winning non-profit organization that directly engages and motivates students to graduate from high school and succeed in college. With nearly a million members, Get Schooled offers students a range of supports including college advisor text help and digital content. Get Schooled has developed a track record of success because it engages with young Americans using the media, technology, and popular culture that is an integral part of their lives. Named a Fast Company “Most Innovative Company” for its use of gamification to inspire and engage young people, Get Schooled was founded in 2010 through a partnership between Viacom and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.