My name is Julio Calderon and I am undocumented. I came to the United States when I was 16 years old, and so, I did not benefit from DACA. I went to Highschool never fully believing that College or University was an opportunity for me.
After I graduated, I worked in construction and found my way to Miami Dade College after a counselor helped me apply. But the catch was that I had to pay out of state tuition.
A year ago today, I attended my first year of University and I found myself struggling to pay thousands of dollars solely on tuition fees.
Then something great happened! Florida passed an in-state tuition to allow local undocumented students like me pay the same tuition as our classmates. That’s me in the picture handing a petition to the Governor’s office to sign this law. It really made a difference.
Like myself, there are so many students out there who still believe that going to a College or University is an impossible dream. That’s why my work at FLIC is to make sure that more undocumented students are informed and know that IT IS POSSIBLE to go to school.
Julio Calderón, Youth Organizer of the Florida Immigrant Coalition