— NOTE: The original text of this article incorrectly stated that Deferred Action students are eligible for federal financial aid and in-state tuition. Several states have allowed Deferred Action students to pay in-state tuition, but Indiana is not one of them. Below is the corrected text. We regret the error.
Jorge Rojas, 38, wants his son Bryan Martínez to go to college. But it’s easier said than done.
“He has to go if he wants a better future,” said Rojas, a waiter at El Arriero’s restaurant in Logansport, but the difficulty is “just economic challenges. We’re not sure we’re going to be able to do it.”
Bryan, a 16-year-old junior at Logansport High School, wants to attend college, too. “But I’m not sure what I want to study,” he said.
He was one of at least 20 LHS students to attend an outreach dinner for Hispanic students and their families Tuesday night at the high school. The dinner inaugurated the school’s “Bienvenidos al colegio Ivy Tech” partnership with Ivy Tech in Logansport to encourage Hispanic students to attend college and help them along the process.
About 60 parents, high school students and siblings attended the dinner, where representatives from Ivy Tech spoke through translators about Ivy Tech’s programs, and a lawyer familiar with immigration law addressed parents whose students may be eligible for Deferred Action status under recent changes to immigration regulations.
A few LHS alumni were also on hand to talk to students informally about their college experiences.
While about 27 percent of LHS students describe themselves as Hispanic, just 4 percent of students at Logansport’s Ivy Tech campus do, said Krysten Hinkle, associate director of admissions for Ivy Tech-Logansport.
“We, as a community college, should be accurately reflecting the demographics of our community, which is not happening right now,” Hinkle said. “That being said, we are also concerned about the small number of Hispanic students going to college anywhere.”