Undocumented & DACA* students cannot access federal financial aid, but funding may be available to make college a reality. We often get the question, “can undocumented students go to college?” And the answer is: YES! Colleges not only accept undocumented & DACA students but also offer them in-state tuition and even financial aid.

*Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Access to financial aid is challenging, but not impossible.

While you may not be awarded federal financial aid, there are many scholarships and grants that could be available. We have compiled a list below to help you get starting. In addition, we have compiled a list of colleges and universities that will meet full financial aid for students.


Golden Door

Golden Door: Learners with financial need, high GPAs, and leadership experience can apply. There is a preference for undergraduate degrees in engineering, nursing, and data analytics. Recipients can be in high school or new graduates. Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA.

Scholarship Amount: Varies

Opportunity Scholarship

Opportunity Scholarship: For students with or without DACA status who live in states that do not offer in-state tuition to DREAMers are eligible. Students must have come to the U.S. before the age of 16.

Scholarship Amount: Up to $80,000


QuestBridge: High school students with high GPAs and financial need, regardless of citizenship status, can apply. Undocumented students must match with colleges that will accept their status.

Scholarship Amount: Four-year scholarship up to $200,000

The Dream Award

The Dream Award: DACA students who have completed at least one year of college or trade school with a 3.0 GPA may apply. This scholarship was created to provide forward momentum for students with challenges related to college.

Scholarship Amount: $500-$15,000 per year. Renewable for three years.

MPOWER Global Citizen

MPOWER Global Citizen Scholarship: DACA students enrolled in a degree program full time at U.S. or Canadian institutions are eligible.

Scholarship Amount: Grand Prize: $10,000; Runner-Up: $2,000; Honorable Mention: $2,000

Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship

Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship:┬áThis scholarship is a national award that provides students in community college the opportunity to earn their bachelor’s degree at a four-year institution. The scholarship includes college planning support, networking, and mentorship opportunities. Applicants must possess a minimum 3.5 GPA and have financial need.

Scholarship Amount: Up to $55,000 per year

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