Contributing Factors for DACA Recipients to Pursue Higher Education

This study focuses on the factors that motivate DACA recipients to pursue higher education. A survey was used to identify the strongest motivator amongst this population. This study found the highest motivator for DACA students to pursue higher education is: wanting to earn a better income with a college degree, closely followed by needing a college degree to achieve their career goal and, wanting to help their families after finishing college. The implications for social work practice this study can contribute to, include: the advocacy for policies such as DACA which provide resources and means to succeed and thrive for undocumented minors which benefits them and the country's economy.