Resource for undocumented students applying to college or graduate school

By CAROLINA VALDIVIA

Graduate-DreamIf you are undocumented and applying to college or graduate school, make sure to check out the blog “Graduate School for Dreamers” by Michelangelo (a graduate student at CSU Long Beach). In this blog, you will learn about the application process, and resources available, for undocumented students pursuing their higher education. Earlier this year, Michelangelo reached out to universities across the U.S. and asked them the following questions:

1) Are undocumented students allowed to apply for admission to your university?

2) If undocumented students can apply, how do they apply?

3) Is in-state tuition available for undocumented students?

4) Can undocumented students participate in teaching and/or research assistantships?

5) Does your university have any point of contact for undocumented students?

The blog features responses from several universities, including University of California- MercedUniversity of California- Los Angeles (UCLA), Princeton, Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity of Texas- Austin, and many more.

To give you a glimpse, here is the information provided by UC Merced regarding undocumented students:

1) Are undocumented students allowed to apply for admission to your university?

Yes, absolutely.

2) If undocumented students can apply, how do they apply?

They would apply with a domestic application status. There is also an option under citizenship status to select “unclassified”. There are fee waivers available for domestic applications if the applicant meets the eligibility criteria.

3) Is in-state tuition available for undocumented students?

Yes, with an approved AB540 application. The applications are available online.

4) Can undocumented students participate in teaching and/or research assistantships?

Yes, with work authorization. I would recommend looking into the DACA process to see if that is an option.

5) Does your university have any point of contact for undocumented students?

Yes, our primary contact would be:
Alejandro S. Delgadillo, Associate Director
Calvin E. Bright Success Center, Services for Undocumented Students & Special Populations

Our secondary contact would be:
Marjorie Zatz, Vice Provost and Dean
Graduate Division

To read the responses from other universities, check out the blog: “Graduate School for Dreamers

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