UGA profs offer alternative for immigrant students without documentation

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Educators and students in Georgia have established an “underground railroad” to higher education for those students who don’t have access or are barred from attending the public institutions of the state.

For the past three years, Freedom University has been educating those students who co-founder Betina Kaplan said have “emerged from the shadows.”

Kaplan, a professor of romance languages, helped found the institution after the Board of Regents, the governing body of the public university system, barred students without legal documentation from having access to in-state tuition.

“The classes we teach aren’t for credit, but they offer a chance for students and professors of all backgrounds to come together and participate in a collaborative experience,” Kaplan said.

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