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Highlands students say immigration status has cost them aid (NM)

Sunday, October 16, 2016

"Hali Calzadillas Andujo faces the same challenges as many college students in the U.S. — trying to find enough time to study for classes while working to pay tuition. But as an undocumented immigrant, she also has encountered other difficulties. Her residency status has become a roadblock to obtaining financial aid.

Calzadillas, 22, feels cheated.

“I have a 4.0 GPA,” said the second-year student at New Mexico Highlands University’s Santa Fe campus. “I’m a good student, so I was hoping to get some sort of scholarship.” Instead, she said, no one would process her scholarship application. She pays her $5,000-a-year tuition out of pocket..."

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