Freedom University is a modern day freedom school based in Atlanta. We provide rigorous college-level classes, scholarship assistance, and leadership development for undocumented students in Georgia. We opened our doors in 2011 following the passage of Policy 4.1.6, which bans undocumented youth from attending Georgia’s top five public universities, and Policy 4.3.4, which prohibits undocumented students from qualifying for in-state tuition. While more than 18 states allow undocumented students to attend public universities or qualify for in-state tuition, Georgia is the only state in the country to ban students both from select universities and from in-state tuition. Because undocumented students are ineligible for federal financial aid, these policies effectively exclude undocumented students and usher in a modern era of educational segregation in the South.
Our faculty are fully committed to providing students with college courses equivalent to those taught at the state’s most selective universities. In addition, we provide college application and scholarship assistance, leadership development, and movement skill-building to empower a new generation of undocumented youth leaders. We believe that all human beings — regardless of race, ethnicity, class, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or citizenship status — have a universal right to education. As a result of our work, one out of every five students that walks into Freedom University banned from public higher education in Georgia leaves with a full merit scholarship to a college out of state.
Because we do not charge tuition, our sustainability relies on the generosity of friends and donors around the country. Thank you for supporting Freedom University and our vital work educating and empowering undocumented youth in Georgia.