Dream Summit to prepare HISD international students for college

The HISD College Readiness Department will hold its first-ever Dream Summit to assist international students with the college application and financial aid process on Saturday, Dec. 13.

“Students will have the opportunity to hear from Texas universities and community colleges and learn about admissions requirements and financial aid and scholarship opportunities for international students,” said HISD College Readiness specialist Josefina Trevino. “Our hope is that they leave the Dream Summit feeling more confident about the process for applying to college.”

Hundreds of 11th and 12th-grade students and their families are expected to attend the event, scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center, 4400 W. 18th Street.

The event will include a college and resource fair, a first-generation college student panel, and information sessions on getting into college and financial aid tips for international students.

Students will learn more about financial aid requirements for international students such as obtaining an affidavit that states he/she has been a Texas resident for three years. During the resource fair, students will be able to get their affidavits done for free and receive the selective service form and guidance with registering to apply for financial aid and information on the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program.

The Dream Summit is sponsored by Minute Maid and  FIEL (Familias Inmigrantes y Estudiantes en la Lucha, which means Immigrant Families and Students in the Struggle).