Apply for Aid: DACA or Dreamer Students

Apply for Aid: DACA or Dreamer Students

Are you ready to be a Wildcat? We’re eager to help you get there. Follow these steps to start.

The University of Arizona defines DACA/Dreamer Applicants as:

  • Non-US citizens currently in the United States who do not hold an immigration or student visa
  • Individuals not defined as a permanent resident, asylee, or refugee
  • Brought to the US by parents or other relatives and were under age 16 at the time of arrival
  • May or may not have filed DACA paperwork with the U.S. Government

Tuition for DACA Students

Qualifying, non-citizen Arizona high school graduates are able to receive in-state tuition at Arizona universities and community colleges.

1. Apply for Admission at The University of Arizona

When you submit your admission application, you are considered for:

Learn more about applying to the University of Arizona as a DACA/Dreamer student.

2. Monitor your Catmail for an Invitation to Complete the CSS Profile

The CSS Profile provides a pathway, for those who are not eligible to complete the FAFSA, to be reviewed for nonfederal institutional aid. After you apply for admission, our office will reach out via email with an invitation to complete the CSS Profile. Invitations are sent out weekly to qualifying students. Admitted students for Fall 2024 will begin to receive notices from our office in mid- Spring.

DACA/Dreamer students continue to be ineligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid including any institutional aid that requires the submission of a valid, Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 

3. Explore Scholarship Opportunities

Immigrant Student Resource Center

DACA students are eligible for the President’s Directed Scholarship Fund. For more information about the President’s Directed Scholarship Fund or if you’d like additional support understanding your rights as a DACA student, get in touch with the Immigrant Student Resource Center.

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Scholarship Universe

Scholarship Universe (SU) is our scholarship-matching tool for admitted University of Arizona students. SU connects Wildcats to millions of dollars in internal and external scholarships.

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The University of Arizona has proudly partnered with TheDream.US, the nation's largest college and career success program, dedicated to providing opportunities for undocumented immigrant youth. We are excited to share this significant development that embodies our commitment to inclusivity and equal access to education.

To be considered for TheDream.US Scholarship, Arizona resident applicants must be admitted as a degree seeking first-year or Transfer student on Arizona’s Main Campus for Fall 2024 and meet additional criteria as outlined by TheDream.US.

For those who wish to explore this opportunity, the 2024-25 Scholarship round opened on November 1, 2023. 

College Contact Team
For additional questions or support, reach out to our College Contact Team, who will work collaboratively to ensure a seamless and rewarding journey for Dreamers who choose to study at our institution.