I was recently invited to a 50th reunion luncheon at a local university. The majority of attendees were retired elementary and high school teachers. Many were the first generation in their family to go to college; virtually all had what would be considered "average" lives. There were no heads of state, Nobel Prize winners, or heirs to great fortunes.
While there continues to be inequality and exclusivity within the distribution of financial aid, there will be youth fighting to access it. While there are undocumented, and immigrant, youth willing to go to college, there will continue to be a push for change. The ask is loud and clear: Pass the New York Dream Act.