Online school for undocumented students in US

by Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

Posted at Aug 04 2012 11:45 AM | Updated as of Aug 04 2012 07:45 PM

LOS ANGELES, California - Undocumented students now have a way to earn college credits online at a fraction of the cost.

Immigrant rights advocates at the University of California Labor Resource Center have started a new online school: The National Dream University.

Most of the students will likely be undocumented and will have a chance to earn college credits. The year’s long course which will cost about $2,500 and will cover subjects related to immigration and labor rights and policies.

“There are various battles right now in various states to get in state tuition legislation passed so this is sort of a temporary solution for those students who otherwise don't have access to any sort of education after high school," said the project's coordinator Alma Castrejon.

Some of the instructors of National Dream University are UCLA professors. However, Castrejon clarified that the UCLA School itself has no involvement with the National Dream University.

The program is privately funded through tuition fees and private grants. She added that students will earn the college credit through the accreditation of the National Labor College. The units can be transferred to other colleges.

“Our biggest goal is for students who do not have access to higher education to access these 6 courses through our program and so they can start their higher education trajectory and once they're done with our program which is 18 credits they can transfer these credits to a 2 year degree or a 4 year degree somewhere else with in their state," she explained.

Castrejon said that since Monday, 10 students have applied online including one Filipino from Connecticut. The online applications are open until October at <> <>