Arizona Nonprofit and State Team Up to Help Illegal Immigrants With Federal Financial Aid

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As struggling Arizonans just finished filling the federal welfare coffers with their taxes for the year, illegal immigrants have come to collect with the help of a nonprofit activist group and the state of Arizona.

Aliento (Aliento Education Fund) issued a media advisory this week for plans to host a free federal financial aid crash course for illegal immigrants on June 22 from 10 am to 2 pm at the Phoenix Public Library’s College Depot.

“Aliento will also be sharing special resources and information tailored to undocumented and DACA students eligible for in-state tuition campaign (Proposition 308) to access financial aid resources,” stated the press release.

The workshop is a coordination between Aliento’s Education For All initiative and the Arizona Board of Regents’ College Ready AZ initiative.

Aliento also maintains a list of scholarships for illegal immigrant students. Among those listed are scholarships from Arizona State University: the Los Diablos Scholarship which offers tuition assistance as well as mentoring, professional development, and service projects; and the Next Generation Service Corp.

Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation was also listed as offering scholarships regardless of immigration status.

The Department of Education (ED) states that those who are both undocumented and DACA recipients don’t qualify for federal student aid. Eligible noncitizens are those with an arrival-departure record designated as refugee, asylum granted, Cuban-Haitian Entrant, conditional entrant (valid only if issued before April 1, 1980), victims of human trafficking or T-visa holder, or parolee.

Last December, ED began allowing parents or spouses to create student aid accounts and fill out FAFSA forms without a Social Security number.

In 2022, Arizona voters approved in-state college tuition for illegal immigrant or DACA recipients (DREAMers) that attended an Arizona high school or equivalent for at least two years and graduated in the state or obtained their GED.

Aliento was co-founded in 2016 by a DACA recipient, Reyna Montoya, who currently serves as CEO. Montoya came to Arizona at 10 years old with her mother.

As with the illegal immigrants Aliento aims to help, Montoya was admitted to Arizona State University (ASU).

The nonprofit reported over $2.1 million in revenue for the 2022 fiscal year. Montoya reported receiving over $117,200 for her CEO role.

Aliento’s list of contributors on their filings were hidden. Other organizations’ public filings over the years reveal top contributors to include a number of multimillion-dollar organizations: Bezos Family Foundation, League of Conservation Voters, Education Leaders of Color, Ellis Center for Educational Excellence, Panorama Global, Pharos Foundation, Burton Family Foundation, Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation, Fwd Us, National Association of Latino Arts & Culture, National Conference on Citizenship, the Vilcek Foundation, Satterberg Foundation, Hispanics in Philanthropy, Unbound Philanthropy, Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund, Skoll Foundation, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Arizona Community Foundation, Walton Family Foundation, Tides Foundation, and Amazonsmile Foundation.

Several multibillion-dollar organizations have contributed as well: the American Online Giving Foundation (Benevity Community Impact Fund), and Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift Fund.

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