Latino enrollment is the United States has increased exponentially in the last decades. Yet, our community is still the demographic with the lowest enrollment rate, according to Pew, with only 15 percent of  Latinos between the ages of 25-29 graduating with a bachelor’s degree.

The towering costs of higher education is one of main factors that disables Latino students from applying or attending college. In 2018, the average cost of a 4-year degree in a private school in the United States is $35,420. Although opportunities to receive aid are plenty, the process for applying to scholarships can be quite confusing and time-consuming.

This simple guide to five scholarships catered to Latino or immigrant students can help you make the process easier. Make sure to mark these deadlines on your calendar and start your application packet ASAP.

1

NBC/LNESC Scholarship

Deadline: October 22. 2018. 

This program awards 10 students with $5,000 scholarships that are divided in two disbursements. Students must be sophomores or juniors enrolled in a full-time accredited university or college.

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2

La Unidad Latina Foundation

Deadline: October 15, 2018. 

The program wards scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,000 annually to students pursuing a higher education degree. The scholarships are non-renewable.

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3

Denny's Hungry for Education Scholarship

Deadline: November 16, 2018

The scholarship awards $1,000 to students in an undergraduate or graduate program inside a member institution of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities. Students also need to write a 500-word essay.

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4

CUNY Becas Scholarship Program

Deadline: January 31, 2019

This scholarship awards up to $6,730 to current and prospective CUNY students for both undergraduate and graduate studies. Last year, the program awarded 55 students with scholarships.

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5

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

Deadline: November 1, 2018.

The scholarship supports one to two years of study in any field of any level for immigrants or children of immigrants. Each award is for up to $25,000 in stipend support, as well as 50 percent of required tuition and fees, up to $20,000 per year, for one to two years.

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