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Resources for DACA Recipients in New York City: Education & Scholarship Opportunities

Resources for DACA recipients and DREAMers

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You can still renew, but Covid-19 has halted some processes. Find out more below: 

 

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Emilee Buytkins
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School of Information, Pratt Institute
144 West 14th Street
New York, NY 10011

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Heidi Klise
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School of Information, Pratt Institute
144 West 14th Street
New York, NY 10011
718.636.3600

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Scholarship Opportunties

Paying for your education is difficult, even under the best circumstances. Below is a list of scholarships, fee waivers, and financial aid opportunities for DACA recipients.

  1. If you are planning to take the LSAT (Law School Admission Test), and are unable to pay for the exam, you may qualify for a fee waiver. This post from the blog "My Undocumented Life" outlines all the qualifications required for the waiver, as well as where to find the application.

  2. If you are planning to take the MCAT (Medical College Admission Test), and are unable to pay for the exam, you may qualify for a fee waiver. This post from the blog "My Undocumented Life" outlines all the qualifications required for the waiver, as well as where to find the application.

  3. The NYS Dream Act gives undocument students access to state financial aid for higher education. You can find out more about this program and how to apply here

  4. New York State offers scholarship opportunities for DACA recipients. For more information check their website here.

  5. Students interested in applying to a State University of New York (SUNY) school, refer to their undocumented FAQ page for more information on how to apply. 

  6. CUNY, or The City University of New York offers scholarships in amounts up to $29,000. Refer to the scholarship website for more information on how to apply.

  7. NYU (New York University) also offers financial aid for undocumented students. You can learn more at their website

  8. In some states, DACA recipients may qualify for in-state tuition despite the Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996. Check your state's status regarding in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants.

For students looking to apply to graduate school, consider reading Sheila Cook's article "Navigating Graduate School: Resource Guide for Undocumented Students".

If you have questions regarding student aid, your eligibility, or completeing the FAFSA as a DACA recipient, it may be helpful to refer to the Department of Education's FAQ found here.

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Educators

For educators to stay informed and know how to best support DACA recipients in their classrooms, the National Education Association is a great resource. They supply updated news and tools as they become available. 

United We Dream's Dream Educational Empowerment Program, NILC, First Focus, and the NFT have published a guide for educators and school support staff. It provides tools and resources to help protect undocumented children and their families, as well as prepare supporters in the event of an immigration enforcement raid. 

United We Dream also offers educators the #HereToStay toolkit to further educate and empower educators to protect and support undocumented students. 

Friends and Family

If you are looking for a way to get involved and support DACA and those that rely on the program, the social justice group Generation Progress is inviting people to take their pledge. By signing the pledge on their website, you show support to Dreamers and their families as they await SCOTUS’s decision on the fate of DACA by demonstrating support digitally. 


 

References

#Here to stay toolkit: K12 & higher education educators & schools. (n.d.) United We Dream. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1o-zD9Yy-oJboGOtWkBD3E8bz3DhEPPikOBBzYOOXSdU/edit

A guide for educators and school support staff. (2016). United We Dream's Dream Education Program, National Immigration Law Center, First Focus & AFT. https://www.nilc.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/ICE-Raids-Educators-Guide-2016-06.pdf

Cook, Sheila & Gaylord, Iva. (2008). Navigating graduate school: Resources guide for undocumented students. Santa Clara Law Digital Commons. https://www.thedream.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Navigating-Graduate-School_-Resource-Guide-for-Undocumented-Stude-1.pdf

Financial aid and undocumented students: Questions and answers. (2019, February). Federal Student Aid, https://studentaid.gov/sites/default/files/financial-aid-and-undocumented-students.pdf

Free waiver available for LSAT: Open to undocumented youth with DACA. (2016, October 5). My Undocumented Life. https://mydocumentedlife.org/2016/10/05/fee-waiver-available-for-the-lsat-open-to-undocumented-students-with-daca/

Free waiver available for MCAT: Open to undocumented youth with DACA. (2016, October 10). My Undocumented Life. https://mydocumentedlife.org/2016/10/10/fee-waiver-available-for-the-mcat-open-to-undocumented-youth-with-daca/

Frequently asked questions. (n.d.) The State University of New York. https://www.suny.edu/attend/get-started/undocumented/faq/

NYS dream act FAQ. (n.d.). New York State. https://www.hesc.ny.gov/pay-for-college/financial-aid/types-of-financial-aid/nys-grants-scholarships-awards/nys-dream-act-faq.html

Resources for educators supporting dreamers. (n.d.) National Education Association. https://neaedjustice.org/daca-resources/

Senator Jose Peralta new york state dream act. (n.d.). New York State. https://www.hesc.ny.gov/dream/

TheDream.US. (n.d.). The City University of New York. https://www.cuny.edu/financial-aid/scholarships/the-dream-us/

Undocumented students: Financial aid application process for undocumented students. (n.d.). New York University, https://www.nyu.edu/admissions/financial-aid-and-scholarships/undocumented.html

Wisemen, Ben. (Photographer). (2018, August 17). Untitled [digital image]. The New York Times. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/17/opinion/college-students.html