Jose Rico was brought to the United States when he was 13 years old. He excelled in middle and high school and was accepted into six universities, but he could not afford to go. As an undocumented student in North Carolina, he would have to pay out of state tuition and could not apply for financial aid.

Last spring, Rico was arrested during a sit-in in Atlanta, GA. He is among the growing population of undocumented youth declaring their immigration status in an effort to raise awareness about college access for undocumented students.

This story is based on an interactive Q&A with Jose that is part of a three-part multimedia project on access to higher education for undocumented students: dreamsdelayed.org

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