Both founders of Diaz & Gaeta Law are children of immigrant parents. Attorney Zach Gaeta and Giovanni Diaz were born in the U.S and were able to study here in the U.S thanks to scholarships and federal aid programs. While they had no problems applying for student aid, they have watched friends, family and now many clients get denied financial aid because of their undocumented status. After decades of witnessing the challenges faced by undocumented students, the attorneys have decided to take action.
The firm is currently developing a scholarship fund to provide financial aid to college-bound students who are eligible for college but may not be for federal financial aid. In addition, they are planning to raise awareness about the challenges that undocumented students face. Both efforts will be launched at an upcoming networking and fundraising event being hosted at Taqueria Vicko’s Tacos in Lilburn on May 2, 20017. Tickets are available on Eventbrite .
Members of the community are invited to attend and learn more about how to encourage and support students in applying to college despite their ineligibility for aid. There are no federal or state laws that prohibits the admission of undocumented immigrants to U.S. public or private colleges. However, many students do not bother to apply because they have no means to pay if and when they are accepted.
“I want undocumented students to know that even though they have a lot of obstacles, they don’t have to face them alone. There are people in the community willing to step up to help them,” said attorney Gaeta
Attorney Gaeta hopes the firm’s efforts will help raise awareness for undocumented students and inspire them to apply to college.
Note: Find more information about federal student aid and the FAFSA® at StudentAid.gov.