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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)

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.

Money, Scholarships

Scholarships for Undocumented Students

No Comments 18 January 2017

As most scholarships for U.S. colleges require proof of citizenship, undocumented students often have a challenging time finding scholarships. There are, however, organizations that are committed to providing financial assistance for undocumented students. The list below includes scholarships open to undocumented, international and immigrant students.


Microsoft Scholarship: This scholarship is for students pursuing a degree in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and demonstrate financial need. Applications are due January 27.

Point Foundation Scholarship: This award is for students who are involved with the LGBTQ community and are open about their identity. Applicants must demonstrate a desire to make a difference in the world. Applications are due January 30.


The Dream.Us Opportunity Scholarship: This scholarship is for students who do not currently have the financial resources to enroll in college full time. Students must have reached the U.S. before age 16. Applications are due February 1.

Ascend Educational Fund: Immigrant students who will graduate from a New York City high school are eligible for this scholarship. Applications are due February 2.

Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest: This scholarship is for students registered as full-time undergraduate juniors and seniors. Applications are due February 10.

CORE’s Que Llueva Café Scholarship: College-bound undocumented students of Latino descent are eligible for this scholarship. Applications are due February 25.

Jaime Lucero Mexican Studies Institute Scholarship: This award is for CUNY undergraduate and graduate students who demonstrate academic achievement, financial need and a commitment to service in the Mexican community. Applications are due February 28.


The Dream.Us Scholarships National Scholarship: This scholarship is for students enrolled at one of TheDream.US partner colleges who do not have financial resources to enroll in college full time. Applications are due March 8.

Association of Raza Educators Scholarship – Los Angeles: This scholarship is for undocumented, AB 540 and DACA seniors who are graduating from a Los Angeles high school. Applicants are due March 17.

National Peace Essay Contest for High School Students: This scholarship is for students of any citizenship attending a U.S. high school. Applications are due March 15.

Ayn Rand Anthem Essay Contest: In order to apply for this scholarship, applicants must submit an essay for the book “Anthem” by Ayn Rand. There are no citizenship requirements for this scholarship. Applications are due March 29.

Foster Care to Success Scholarships: These scholarships are for students who have been in foster care or who are orphans. Applications are due March 31.


Davis-Putter Scholarship: The scholarship is for students active in social/economic justice movements.  People who are not U.S. citizens are eligible. Applications are due April 1.

A Voice for Animals Contest: Students who have worked to promote the humane treatment of animals are eligible for this scholarship. Applications are due April 10.

Ayn Rand The Fountainhead Essay Contest: Applicants must submit essays about “The Fountainhead” by Ayn Rand to be considered for this scholarship. There are no citizenship requirements. Applications are due April 26.

Ayn Rand “Atlas Shrugged” Essay Contest: In order to be considered for this scholarship, applicants must submit essays about “The Fountainhead” by Ayn Rand. There are no citizenship requirements. Applications are due April 28.

Platt Family Scholarship Prize Essay Contest: This scholarship is for applicants attending American colleges or universities, regardless of their citizenship. Applications are due July 31.


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