By CAROLINA VALDIVIA
This means three things …
1. He will be the first person in his family to not only graduate from college, but attend medical school.
2. He will be the first DACA student to ever attend UC Irvine School of Medicine
3. He needs to raise money quick!
In 2012, President Obama created a new policy for certain undocumented young people who came to the U.S. as children, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Shortly after, he became one of many DACA students living in the United States. This doesn’t grant him permanent immigration status, but he was given a renewable 2-year work permit and exempt from deportation.
Unfortunately, as a DACA student, he is not eligible to receive federal student aid, the traditional method of funding medical school. His only option is to finance his education through private loans, an option that is nearly impossible to obtain for his low-income family with little-to-no credit and will place a great burden on any potential co-signer.
He is currently in need of $30,000 solely for his first year of tuition, a number that seems nearly impossible to obtain in such a short amount of time, but hopefully one he can achieve with our help.
To donate and read more about Oscar, please check out his fundraising online page here: “DACAmented: Oscar’s Med School Fund”
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