H.R.1298: Higher Education Dream Act of 2019


The Higher Education Dream Act of 2019 would prevent colleges and universities that receive federal funds from refusing to admit, enroll, or grant in-state tuition to qualified students based on their immigration status. It would also extend federal aid eligibility to Dreamers.

Who would qualify?

Undocumented immigrants who entered the U.S. before the age of 18 and any of the following:

(1) Graduated from high school (or similar);
(2) Currently enrolled in a higher education program or has a degree from a higher ed institution;
(3) Was ever eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA) (or currently has it), DACA+ (the expansion of DACA), or the Deffered Action for Parents of Americans Program (DAPA); or
(4) Has ever had Temporary Protected Status (TPS) or Deferred Enforcement Departure (DED).

Qualifying individuals could then:

(1) Apply for admission or enroll in higher education institutions that receive federal funding;
(2) Receive in-state tuition;
(3) Be certain the information you share with an institution will be kept private;
(4) Apply for federal financial aid, including loans and grants.

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Bill Number


Date Introduced

February 15, 2019


House Judiciary Committee

Bill Status

Introduced or Prefiled