Daniela Gaona didn't know how she would pay to fullfil her dream of pursuing a master’s degree in mental health counseling until just a few days before classes started this week.
That’s when Johns Hopkins University stepped in with emergency aid after a summer of lobbying by the 22-year-old Gaona.
Gaona is one of 800,000 young people known as “DACA.” They were brought to or kept in the United States illegally by their parents, but allowed to stay under the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
Their immigration status disqualifies these young people for federal financial aid for college. They also are barred from state financial aid in 42 states and...