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Diversity, Undocumented Students

What You Need to Know about the End of DACA

No Comments 12 September 2017

The Trump administration, in response to legal threats from attorneys general in conservative states, has moved to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The program will expire in March 2018.

The Trump administration has stated that the U.S. Congress, not the White House, should be responsible for extending or altering the program. Congress has not acted to extend the program and it’s unclear if it will.

It is likely that the program’s end will be challenged in federal court.

Here’s what you need to know about the program’s end, as it stands now:

  • Work authorizations will remain valid for two years.
  • If a work authorization expires on or before March 5, 2018, people covered under DACA can apply to renew the authorization. The renewal application must be submitted by October 5, 2017.

  • After a work authorization expires, employers must reverify an employee’s authorization to work in the U.S. A company must dismiss an employee if the employee cannot document that they are authorized to work in the U.S.
  • Even if your DACA status lapses, you still can receive health insurance. If a DACA recipient receives health insurance through an employer, they can continue the health insurance after termination through COBRA by paying the full cost. COBRA is typically limited to 18 months after termination.
  • Social Security Numbers (SSN) received under DACA remain valid for filing tax returns. They should continue using the SSNs and not seek an ITIN to replace the SSN.
  • Eligibility for in-state tuition and state grants depends on the policies of each state. DACA students never were eligible for federal student aid.

Resources, Undocumented Students

California DREAM Act Applications Increase Despite Concerns

No Comments 03 March 2017

Despite initial concerns because of immigration changes by the Trump administration, the total number of applications for the California DREAM Act rose 5 percent from 2016. As of the March 2 deadline, 35,882 applications have been received by the California Department of Education.

The California DREAM Act (Development, Relief, and Education for Minors) is a state law that allows children who immigrated to the U.S. to receive state financial aid. To qualify, a student must have been brought to the U.S. when they were less than 16 years of age and lacked immigration paperwork.

The California DREAM Act provides state grants to undocumented college-bound students. Dreamers also are able to pay in-state tuition at any California college and receive fee waivers for community college.

Immigration reform by the Trump administration potentially could be to blame for an initial decrease in applications. The California Department of Education responded to these concerns by releasing a statement that reiterated the fact that Dreamer’s immigration status never will be released to the federal government. Dreamers also were assured that they do not need Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status in order to apply for the California Dream Act.

If you have applied for the California DREAM Act and have concerns, contact the California Student Aid Commission at 916-464-8271 or the California Department of Education, College Preparation and Postsecondary Programs Office, Career and College Transition Division at 916-323-6398.

Diversity, Undocumented Students

College Options for Undocumented Students

No Comments 08 February 2017

Although there is no federal law that requires proof of citizenship to be admitted to U.S. colleges, undocumented students face their own set of hurdles in the application process. Here are some institutions and states that make college more attainable for undocumented students.

Private Colleges that Accept Undocumented Students as Domestic Students

Many colleges consider undocumented students to be international students, which means that undocumented students might have to compete with other international students for a limited pool of financial aid. But, when a college considers an undocumented student to be domestic, the student will be more likely to receive a good financial aid package.

The following private colleges have public policies on their acceptance of undocumented students as domestic students:

  1. Pomona College (Claremont, Calif.)
  2. Oberlin College (Oberlin, Ohio)
  3. Tufts University (Medford, Mass.)
  4. Emory University (Atlanta)
  5. Swarthmore College (Swarthmore, Pa.)

States That Offer Undocumented Students In-State Tuition

Undocumented students, including students with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status, are not eligible to receive federal financial aid. However, undocumented students may be eligible for state student financial aid in some states.

Undocumented students who attended high school for at least the last two years in certain states could be eligible for in-state tuition. As of 2015, the following states allow undocumented students to pay in-state tuition:

  1. California
  2. Colorado
  3. Connecticut
  4. Florida
  5. Illinois
  6. Kansas
  7. Maryland
  8. Minnesota
  9. Nebraska
  10. New Jersey
  11. New Mexico
  12. New York
  13. Oregon
  14. Texas
  15. Utah
  16. Washington

A number of these states also allow undocumented students to receive state-level financial aid. Reach out to college financial aid offices to learn more.

Colleges That Meet 100 Percent of Financial Need for Undocumented Students

College Greenlight has a list of more than 30 colleges that meet 100 percent of demonstrated financial need for undocumented students. These colleges pledge to meet a student’s full need through grants, student employment, scholarships, and, in some cases, student loans. Schools on this list vary in the ways they meet undocumented students’ demonstrated financial need.


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