THE FLORIDA MIGRANT INTERSTATE PROGRAM
800 949-1916 firstname.lastname@example.org www.floridamigrantinterstateprogram.com
Alice Matthews, Director Kim Fioramanti, Assistant Director
Virginia Flores, Administrative Assistant
The Florida Migrant Interstate Program (FMIP) is a discretionary project of the Florida
Department of Education which provides support to migrant students and their families. Florida
Gulf Coast University serves as the fiscal agent for the state grant that funds the program, and
provides support to FMIP through the FGCU College of Education.
QUESTIONS OF TEN ASKED
BY FLORIDA’S MIGRANT PARENTS
ABOUT THEIR CHILDREN GOING TO COLLEGE
Can my son or daughter go to college? Maybe… It depends on how badly he or she wishes to
attend. In addition to traditional students, there are many students in Florida colleges and
universities who are:
those who are older.
As well as those who have:
GEDs instead of traditional high school diplomas;
limited English skills; and/or
those who have very little financial help from their families.
The key to their success is their perseverance!
Will my son/daughte r make more money if they graduate from college? The economic
advantages of a higher education for both workers and the economy are clear. According to the
Bureau of Labor Statistics, workers who lacked a high-school diploma in 2006 earned an average
of only $419 per week and had an unemployment rate of 6.8%. Workers with a bachelor’s degree
earned $962 per week and had an unemployment rate of 2.3% Those with a doctorate earned
$1,441 and had an unemployment rate of only 1.4%. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Spotlight on
Statistics: Back to School, August 2007 (http://www.bls.gov/spotlight/2007/back_to_school/)
My mailbox is filling up with offers to help me look for scholarships and grants for a fee.
How much should I pay to get help with this? PAY NOTHING!!! This information is all
FREE. Throw away any information about programs who want you to pay to get information on
grants and scholarships. Free information is available at every high school, through all migrant
education programs, and by contacting The Florida Migrant Interstate Program (FMIP) at 800
I didn’t go to college and have so many questions and don’t know who to turn to for help.
Who can help me? Migrant Educators are experts in helping migrant parents assist their sons
and daughters go on to college. They should be your first contact.
Parents and students, of documented and undocumented status, should meet with the school
advisors (Migrant Advocate and Guidance Counselor) to discuss all aspects of a college
education. It will take more than one meeting, and parents should make a list of questions before
the meeting, discuss those questions with their son or daughter and then the family can talk
together with the advisor about their concerns.
The student MUST take a great deal of initiative in this entire process! She/he must be very
persistent and focused on the future. The ―easy road‖ will be to procrastinate and not meet
timelines, not look on the internet for scholarships, and not set up and keep appointments……. It
is these things that make a difference.
My son/daughter is undocume nted. Where can he/she go to technical school? There is no set
policy statewide regarding public technical schools in Florida.
Each school district may establish policy. The best person to ask regarding whether or not
undocumented students may apply to their school would be the director of admissions or head
registrar. "Front office" staff or student assistants may not know the correct policy and may
provide the incorrect response.
Due to the "career training" nature of technical programs, many schools will not accept
undocumented students because they are not legally employable upon program completion if
they lack a SSN. Another issue is that many programs offered through technical institutes
require students to pass a state license exam at the end of their training before they successfully
complete the program and are issued a certificate or related credential. Because of this
requirement, many programs (especially health-related) will not accept students without a SSN
into their program because they may not be allowed to take a state license exam in their field of
As for scholarships, many of the migrant scholarships can be applied to either technical training
My son/daughter is undocume nted. Where can he/she go to college? All 11 of Florida’s State
Universities; and 19 of Florida’s 23 Community Colleges accept undocumented students, if they
meet the academic requirements.
What do I need to know about Community Colleges for my son/daughte r? Admission to
Community Colleges is easier and less expensive than it is to attend Universities. They have a
variety of programs to meet the needs of the community. There may be a 2-year program (A.S)
that will complete your child’s education; or it may be that he/she can get the first two years
(A.A.) toward a bachelor’s degree (B.A. or B.S.) and will take the last two years of college at a
university or other college.
Although out-of-state tuition for non-residents is also high at the community college level, it is
not as expensive as university tuition. Undocumented students cannot apply for state or federal
financial aid; however, they may be able to apply for foundation or institutional scholarships that
are funded by private sources.
Students without valid social security numbers should check with the financial aid office of the
college or university they plan to attend to inquire if they may apply for foundation scholarships
at that institution. (Brigita Gahr, FCA 2007).
For more information on Florida’s Community Colleges: http://www.fldoe.org/cc
For a list of Florida’s community colleges with contact info:
Where are the Community Colleges in Florida and
QUESTION: which ones accept undocume nted students?
DOES THIS CC ADMIT UNDOCUMENTED
COMMUNITY COLLEGE IMMIGRANTS? (FLDOE survey conducted Fall, 2006)
Central Florida Yes
FL CC Jacksonville No
Florida Keys Yes
Gulf Coast Yes
Indian River Yes
Lake City No
Miami Dade Yes
North Florida CC Yes
Palm Beach CC Yes
Pasco-Hernando Yes – on rare occasions
St. Johns River No
St. Petersburg No
Santa Fe Yes
South Florida Yes, w/ evidence of residency/citizenship in process
Tallahassee CC Yes – if graduate of a FL high school or FL GED
TOTAL Yes = 19 No=9
How do undocumented students enroll in college? They enroll with special help from their
school advisors (Guidance Counselors, Migrant Staff, and others).
If they do not have a social security number, then a sc hool number is created for them. The
process goes more smoothly if the student’s school advisor has a direct contact at the university
and goes with the student and the student’s parents to meet with that university contact.
What are the financial restrictions for undocumented students? Undocumented students who
attend public (state) universities and colleges in the State of Florida are charged Out-of-State
Tuition, which is much higher than what is charged to students who are documented and are
considered In-State students. Also undocumented Florida students are not allowed to accept State
or Federal funds for their post-secondary education. BUT they can receive private monies from
scholarships, foundation grants, and individuals.
My son/daughter is a citizen, but I am not. Will this make a difference? This will be easier
than if it is the other way around. Work with your school advisor when you fill out the parent
portion of the forms and there should be no problems.
I don’t think that my school has an advisor who I can feel comfortable talking to about my
status, what do I do? Go to your Consulate and/or have an English speaker call the Florida
Migrant Interstate Program Toll Free at (800) 949-1916 for suggestions as to the name of
someone locally to whom you can talk.
What is the difference between a private college/university and a state university? The State
of Florida (your taxes) provides partial funding for post-secondary education programs at State
Universities and Community Colleges throughout Florida. In most cases these are the least
expensive to attend.
Private colleges and universities normally do not receive this same funding and must rely on
higher tuition rates, and funding from various organizations and individuals. For example Ave
Maria University in south Florida is a private Catholic University.
If my son/daughter is undocumented does it matter if he/she attends a private or public
college/university? Sometimes it is actually cheaper to attend a private college/university in
Florida, rather than a public one if you are undocumented, because the private school while
expensive, does not charge Out-of-State tuition.
Also, some private schools do not have an issue with admitting undocumented students and will
help them find private scholarships and grants.
Who has the best chance of getting scholarships and grants? The student who has a profile
that best suits the requirements of each scholarship or grant. Some just want to fund those who
wish to become business persons, teachers, or other specific professions; Others are looking for
ethnic or heritage groups; but most are looking for the student whom they deem looks as though
he/she will be the most successful in the future. Most programs look for bright students who
have a proven record of good grades, test scores, good moral character, and community service.
Are there special scholarships for migratory students? Yes, below is a list compiled by
Brigita Gahr and updated June 2007.
Florida seniors who qualify for Migrant Education Progra m services are encouraged to apply for
the following scholarships for migrant students. Local Migrant Education Programs may offer
additional scholarships for migrant students residing in their districts. Undocumented students
may apply for the scholarships preceded by an asterisk *.
Most scholarships require proof of acceptance into a technical institute, college or university,
therefore students should apply to post-secondary institutions before the end of the first semester
their senior year.
Albert Lee Wright, Jr. Memorial Migrant Scholarship* Deadline: Feb. 16
(for students planning to major in political science or journalism)
College Assistance Migrant Program (C AMP) Deadline: Check with each program
Farmworker Jobs and Education Program Deadline: None
http://www.firn.edu/doe/workforce/migrant_ed.htm (This program covers all
education and training expenses at a technical institute or community college for
Frank Campano Memorial Fund Child Migrant Award* Deadline: May 15
Path to Scholarships Fund - Harvest of Hope Foundation* Deadline: None
Wendell N. Rollason Scholarship Fund* Deadline: Check with each service area
The following three scholarships are for students pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Education
at the University of South Florida (USF). Offered through USF’s Migrant Education Center :
Florida Growers Association Scholarship Deadline: May 15
Florida Tomato Exchange Scholarship Deadline: May 15
Sunripe Scholarship Deadline: May 15
The following four scholarships are offered by the Geneseo Migrant Center.
Applications are available at www.migrant.net, For more information call (800) 245-5681.
Berrien Fragos Thorn Arts Scholarship for Migrant Farmworkers*
Deadlines: June 1 & Nov. 1
Frank Kasmierczak Memorial Migrant Scholarship* Deadline: Feb. 1
Gloria and Joseph Mattera National Scholarship Fund for Migrant Children*
Migrant Farmworker Baccalaureate Scholarship* (for current college students)
Deadline: July 1
Where can I find more scholars hips and grants for undocumented students? The Mexican
American Legal Defense and Educational Fund website has a link to Scholarships for All
Students regardless of Immigration Status at www.maldef.org. You can also go to
www.needcollegemoney.com and follow the scholarship links. I also encourage students to
register for a free scholarship search such as www.fastweb.com and apply for any scholarships
for which they qualify that do not specifically mention that applicants need to be U.S. citizens or
permanent residents. The Latino College Scholarship Directory can be downloaded for free at
www.latinocollegedollars.org and page 72 lists scholarships that do not require that applicants be
U.S. citizens or permanent residents. (Brigita Gahr, FCA 2007).
Are the SAT and ACT tests required, are they given at the school during the school day,
and do they cost money? The SAT and ACT are required by most colleges and universities;
they are given usually on Saturdays; the student must sign up to take them; and they do cost
money each time you take them.
However, students who qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch (all Migrant Students) can take each
one the first time for free. Students should see their School Advisor to find out the process to do
this at his/her school.
How do tests such as the SAT and ACT make a difference? They are called ―Gatekeepers‖…
which means, if you don’t have certain combined scores, then they don’t let you into the gate of
the college or university (not literally, but it makes it much harder to get admitted). University
placement offices look at many factors when admitting students, but the SAT and ACT scores
are very important.
The best advice in this area is to take these tests as many times as you can. In most cases,
students’ scores get better each time they take the test. ACT and SAT scores are combined to
provide an overall student test profile to the college placement office.
Some students will have very good high school grades, but will have difficulty with the te sts.
College placement offices take that in consideration to a degree; and the test scores required will
vary from college to college. For example, Florida’s Community Colleges pay less attention to
them, than would the University of Florida, which requires the highest SAT/ACT scores in
How do I register for the SAT or ACT? First see your Migrant Educators and your
son’s/daughter’s Guidance Counselor for more information.
The official addresses for applications for the SAT and ACT are below:
Apply for SAT; http://www.collegeboard.com/ Apply for ACT: http://www.act.org
What is the FASFA and why do we have to fill in all that pape rwork? The FASFA equals
money for students. It is a document that all College and University Financial Aid Offices look
at to determine how much money the family can provide to help the student and how much they
will offer to assist. Students must fill it in as quickly as possible in January or February of their
senior year in high school. The form asks for Income Tax information from the parents. If the
parents and/or student are undocumented and/or do not fill out Income Tax forms, then the
student and parents should discuss the matter with the Migrant Educator/School Advisor.
Students must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-resident to submit a Free Application for Federal
Student Aid (FAFSA). Page two of the FAFSA instructions defines ―eligible non-residents‖.
Federal Student Aid Information Center
Toll Free Number: 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243)
http://studentaid.ed.gov/students/publications/completing_fafsa/index.html Go online to
download forms in Spanish or English.
Where can I find more information about going to college?
How much does it cost and how does the student pay for college? College is very expensive,
but worth every penny. It is a long term investment for the entire family. Each school is a little
different in cost, and the meeting with the school advisor can give more specifics.
What examples of the cost of college in Florida can you provide? http://www.facts.org/cgi-
bin/eaglec is a website with facts.org which shows Institution Fees and Payments Links for
Florida’s colleges and community colleges. Open the site and choose an institution below to
view its fees & payments web page.
University of North Florida http://www.unf.edu/dept/controller/cashier/tuition.htm
Public University Spring 2008 Tuition per hour
In-State ($120.23) Out-of-State ($508.30)
(Most students take 16 hours of classes with each class being a 2-4 hour credit)
St. John’s Community College http://www.sjrcc.edu/catalogPDF07.08/tuition.pdf
Public Community College 2007- 2008 Tuition and Fees per hour
In-State ($69.69) Out-of-State ($261.95)
In general, because they have to pay Out-of State tuition, Florida’s undocumented students can
expect to pay $15,000-18,000 to attend full-time for one year.
What is FACTS.org and how can this website help my daughter/son?
Available in English and Spanish FACTS.org is ―Florida’s official online advising system.‖ At
this website you can apply to college online and much more.
FACTS.org en español http://www.facts.org/html_sw/TranslatedDoc.htm
How do I contact the Office of Financial Assistance at Florida’s Departme nt of Education?
The Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) within the Florida Department of Education,
administers a variety of postsecondary educational state- funded grants and scholarships, and
provides information to students, parents, and high school and postsecondary professionals.
Toll-Free 1-888-827-2004 email@example.com
Where can I read about Florida’s Bright Futures Scholarship?
Where can I find information about the Florida Student Grant and Scholars hip
Call Toll Free For More Info About These: (888) 827-2004
How do I apply for a student loan?
Step 1 - Complete the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Application.
FAFSA Application - The U.S. Department of Education uses the data from your FAFSA
application to perform a statutorily required calculation and then transmits the results to the
schools you listed or selected on the FAFSA. These results are used by those schools to
determine your eligibility for aid from the federal student aid programs.
Step 2 - Review your Student Aid Report (SAR). You should receive a SAR approximately four
weeks after you submit the FAFSA. Make any necessary corrections and return the SAR to the
appropriate address. The school you listed on your FAFSA will also receive your SAR
Step 3 - Confirm with the financial aid office at the school you plan to attend, that the school has
received all necessary information to determine your e ligibility for financial aid. The school will
provide to you an award letter outlining the type of financial aid that you may receive.
Step 4 - Promissory Note: Read the entire Promissory Note and the Borrower's Rights and
Responsibilities prior to signing the Promissory Note for a FFELP loan. For more detailed
information access the Student Guide listed below.
The Student Guide: (I believe that they changed the title to Funding Your Education) - The U.S.
Department of Education provides The Student Guide to assist high school students, college
students, parents, and non-traditional students with the financial aid process; as well as, detailed
steps for each phase.
College and Career Planning - Going2college.org provides general information about career
planning, resources, guidelines for students planning to attend college, and state and federal aid
that is available. Going2college.org also provides information on state college resource centers,
events on financial aid and college information; as well as, information on programs such as
Upward Bound, Talent Search, GEAR UP and Project Grad.
Do other states provide the option for a college education to undocumented students who
graduate from their high schools? Where can I learn more information about what other
states are saying about this subject? Ten states—California, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska New
Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Washington, —have passed laws permitting
undocumented students to qualify for in-state tuition if they attended and graduated from high
school in the state. In addition, New Mexico and Texas allow undocumented students to compete
for financial aid.
Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Maryland,
Minnesota, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, Virginia, and Wisconsin have in
the past or are currently visiting this topic at the state level.
What is the College Assistance Migrant “CAMP” Program? http://www.hepcamp.org/
It is a federal program, located at various colleges and unive rsities in the United States, designed
to assist eligible participants from migrant and seasonal farmworker backgrounds in completing
their first year of college and transitioning to complete their undergraduate degree. For: U.S.
citizens or eligible
Qualified for either Child Migrant or Adult Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker Programs OR
Employed in farmwork or related seasonal work at least 75 days during past 2 years AND
Enrolled as a full- time student AND
Not have completed the first year of college
What CAMP Programs do Florida migrant students to attend? Florida works closely with
CAMP Programs throughout the U.S. They Visit High Schools in Florida each Year Meeting
Parents & Recruiting Students
Two Examples Include:
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College “ABAC” College Assistance Migrant
ABAC 22, 2802 Moore Hwy.
Tifton, GA 31793-2601
Georgia Director Javier Gonzalez can be contacted at Toll Free 1-888-244-9096 or at
Below are scholarships are not dependent on immigration status. They are based on
student’s academics and financial need. The applications are available in English and
Michigan State University “MSU CAMP”
C-249 Holden Hall
East Lansing, MI 48825
Toll Free: (866) 432-9900
http://www.msucamp.msu.edu/ Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
MSU will receive $2.3 million over the next five years to help seasonal and migrant farm
youths achieve their educational goals.
What is the High School Equivalency “HEP” Program and whe re is the closest one?
http://www.hepcamp.org/ The two closest programs are at the University of South Florida (USF)
Center for Migrant Education and Barry University. Contact information, eligibility criteria and
services are listed below:
USF HEP Director USF HEP Associate Director
Dr. Ann Cranston-Gingras Mr. Patrick Doone
(813) 974-1387 (813) 974-0915
Barry University HEP Director
Dr. Janie Greenleaf
HIGH SCHOOL EQUIVALENCY PROGRAM (HEP) Eligibility Criteria:
• For students from migrant and seasonal farmworker families who drop out of school.
• Qualified for either Child Migrant or Adult Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker Program
or Employed in farmwork or related seasonal work at least 75 days during past 2 years
• At least 16 years of age
• No high school diploma
• Not currently enrolled in school
USF HEP SERVICES
Recruitment/Outreach Computer laboratory
Room and board Learning resource
Evening tutorial Health services
Weekly stipend Cultural enrichment
Job seeking/job keeping Community Service Life Skills Classes
Career exploration/ job shadowing
Full-day, individualized classroom instruction
College entrance Scholarship/financial aid assistance
What is the PASS Program and how can it help my son or daughter?
The Florida Portable Assisted Study Sequence (PASS) Program is a nationally
recognized program that provides middle and secondary migrant students with an
alternative to develop academic skills, and earn credits needed for promotion and/or
The student works semi- independently with the assistance of a highly qualified
facilitating teacher who meets with the student on a regular basis. The curricula consist
of learner-centered materials developed specifically for PASS. The courses have been
aligned to the Florida Sunshine State Standards and reflect current content and
instructional best practices to assist the learner.
Each course consists of five units to be completed by the student with the help of a
facilitating teacher. PASS courses can be taken any time during the school year and/or
during summer programs. Each course packet contains the necessary curricula and
supplies for the student to complete the course. The packet also includes the materials for
the facilitating teacher. Tests are administered by the facilitating teacher and graded by
the PASS Program Staff. The Grade Reporting Form and Course Completion Document
are issued from the PASS Program Office.
The Florida PASS Program is funded by the Florida Department of Education 408 W.
Chipman Street, Plant City, Florida 33563 http://pass.mysdhc.org (800) 348-7624
Carmen Sorondo, Supervisor Joe Spencer, PASS Coordinator
My son/daughter wants to go into the military and get his/her education while in
the Service. What test should he/she take? The ASVAB
My son/daughter is currently enrolled in a Florida high school and plans to go to
high school or a unive rsity in Mexico. What does he/she need to know?
If your son or daughter is in grades K-9 you should obtain a Transfer Document from
your local Migrant Educator. It is not required for admission to Mexican schools, but is
strongly suggested. It is Mexican federal law that schools MUST accept the student at
the current grade level without any other school documents, if he or she presents one.
Also, we suggest you send as many supporting documents as possible with the Transfer
For grades 10-12, the Transfer Document does not apply. Transcripts must be sent to an
Apostille. This is also the case for students who have graduated from a Florida High
School and plan to attend a university in Mexico. They must send their high school
transcript to the Apostille certification office in Tallahassee, Florida.
The following information regarding the process of apostille certification of school
record issued in the USA for students that plan to return to Mexico for high school or
post-secondary education. As you are aware, the Bi-National Transfer Document is only
valid through the 9th grade. Please Note: Students who plan to return to Mexico to study
in a university will need to authenticate their high school diploma and transcript through
the ―Apostille‖ certification process. This is now done through the Florida Secretary of
State. Students are advised to first consult with the Mexican institution of higher
education to inquire exactly which documents require the ―Apostille‖.
FLORIDA’S DOCUMENT AUTHENTICATION PROCEDURE
DOCUMENTS WHICH MAY BE CERTIFIED
(The Secretary of State will Certify or Apostille the following documents)
Documents notarized or certified as true copies by a Florida Notary Public
Birth and Death Certificates bearing the signature of the State Registrar obtained
from the Bureau of Vital Statistics in Jacksonville Florida
Vehicle Titles certified by the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles
Corporation documents bearing the signature of the Secretary of State
Documents certified by a Clerk of the Court from a county within Florida
**NOTE: Documents must be submitted with original signatures; copies cannot be
The fee for certification by the Florida Secretary of State is $10 per notarization.
However, a county certified document, which also requires an Apostille (example,
Marriage License) requires an additional $10 fee for a total of $20 per document. We
accept either checks (drawn on a U.S. Bank) or money orders made payable to the
Department of State. We do not accept cash.
THE FLORIDA MIGRANT INTERSTATE PROGRAM
LIST OF MIGRANT EDUCATION RESOURCES
http://www.floridamigrantinterstateprogram.com (800) 949-1916
Florida Adult Migrant Program & Se rvices
Office of Work Force Education Florida Departme nt of Education
http://www.fldoe.org/workforce/migrant/migrant_ed.asp (813) 744-6303
Center for Migrant Education at Texas State University
U.S. Binational Coordinator (866) 245-1365
East Coast Technical Assistance Center (ECTAC) (407) 518-2905
ESCORT http://www.escort.org (800) 451-8058
Florida Association of Community Health Centers (FACHC)
www.fachc.org (800) 456-8263
Florida Association of State and Federal Education Program Administrators
(FASFEPA) Scholarship and Resources http://www.fasfepa.org
Florida Department of Education Title I Migrant (850) 245-0693
Florida Title I Migrant Education Identification & Recruitment Office
(866) 963-6677 email@example.com
Florida Portable Assisted Study Sequence (PASS) (800) 348-7624
Geneseo Migrant Program www.migrant.net (800) 245-5681
Harvest of Hope Foundation (888) 992-4673
High School Equivalency Programs (HEP) in Florida
Barry University (305) 242-7103; and
The University of South Florida (800) 454-4437 www.coedu.usf.edu/cme
Migrant Educational Resource Center (MERC) (888) 300-2404
Migrant Head Start: Florida’s Eastern Region (866) 785-2334 and
Florida’s Western Region (800) 282-8260
National Association of State Directors of Migrant Education (NASDME)
National Migrant Education Hotline (800) 234-8848
Redlands Christian Migrant Association (RCMA)
www.rcma.org (800) 282-6540
Texas Migrant Inte rstate Program (TMIP)
(800) 292-7006 www.psja.tmip.schoolfusion.us
United States Office of Migrant Education (OME)