Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis


Educational Studies


College of Education

First Advisor

C. Spencer Platt


Undocumented students’ pursuit of higher education mirrors in many ways the path of traditional American students. However, there are policies in place that create barriers unique to undocumented students. While the policies directly influence these students’ educational plans, their emotional states are influenced as well. This paper will explore the policies that have had historical impacts on undocumented students’ access to higher education. Through interviews with students at universities in the southeast region of the United States, this paper will identify the impact these policies have on students’ educational pursuits. The hope is that this paper will serve as a guide for higher education professionals to better understand undocumented students’ plight in effort to better meet their needs.


© 2016, Michelle Simon