Undocumented students may incorrectly assume that they cannot legally attend college in the United States. There is no federal law that prohibits the admission of undocumented immigrants to U.S. colleges, public or private. However, there are certain obstacles that stand in the way of these students’ path to higher education
In many states, public institutions treat undocumented students as international students. What does that mean for you? You may be ineligible for state aid and in-state tuition. Click here to see policies on in-state tuition for undocumented students by state. Scholarships for undocumented students and DACA scholarships are difficult to find, but not impossible.
Undocumented students cannot legally receive any federally-funded student financial aid, including loans, grants and scholarships. However, some private scholarships for undocumented students, like Golden Door Scholars, do not require students to be U.S. citizens or residents. The following organizations have scholarships for undocumented students and DACA scholarships: