Financial Resources for Undocumented Students
When applying to different aid programs, keep in mind that citizenship requirements can vary. Some aid programs have citizenship requirements, but others do not. Before applying, make sure to review the eligibility requirements of each aid program to determine if it requires U.S. citizenship status. Search for merit-based scholarships because most merit scholarships don't have any citizenship requirements.
For students who meet the federal aid program Citizenship Requirements, there are many other aid programs that are only available to them. Based on these federal requirements, international, undocumented, and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students are not eligible to receive federal grants, federal student or parent loans, or need-based grants.
MHEC Aid Programs
The citizenship requirements vary for aid programs from the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC). Starting with the Fall 2019 semester, non-citizens who qualify for in-state tuition via the Dream Act and DACA provisions in Maryland's tuition residency requirements are eligible to apply for the following MHEC aid programs, but must still meet all application deadlines and other requirements.
To apply for MHEC's Guaranteed Access Grants, Educational Assistance Grants, Part-Time Grants, and the Richard Collins Leadership Scholarship, login into the MDCAPS system and complete the new Maryland State Financial Aid Application (MASFAA). Students with social security numbers (SSN) can also apply for these MHEC grant programs by submitting a FAFSA.
Students may also apply for MHEC's Cybersecurity Public Service Scholarship.
For MHEC's Delegate Scholarship, each delegate defines his/her own selection criteria.
For more MHEC information review MHEC's aid programs.
Helping Undocument students find scholarship opportunities through a mobile app.
A compilation of undergraduate and graduate scholarships that do not require proof of U.S. citizenship or legal permanent residency.
Rutgers University- Newark and Rutgers University-New Brunswick have partnered with TheDREAM.US to provide financial aid to undocumented students who qualify for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Annually, LUPE Fund, Inc., offers scholarships to young Latinas who exemplify leadership within their university and community, while maintaining academic achievement. Attached to this email please find the application which you can download and complete. For additional information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The Foundation was founded to support the educational endeavors of undocumented people. The Foundation features various scholarships, most of which are open to student from all states with the exception of the Juan Betancourt Rosas Scholarship.
More Scholarship Opportunites
- Actuarial Diversity Scholarship
- Adelante Fund Scholarships
- AIChE (Chemical Engineering) Minority Scholarship Award
- Aid Programs that Accept Applications from Non-US Citizens (PDF)
- Appraisal Institute - Minorities and Women Educational Scholarship
- CORE's Que Llueva Café Scholarship
- Davis Putter Social & Economic Justice Scholarship
- DREAMer's RoadMap Scholarship Mobile App
- Esperanza Education Fund Scholarship
- Fastweb — financial aid and scholarships for undocumented students
- Fontana Transport Inc. Scholars Program
- Golden Door Scholars — Golden Door Scholars is a nonprofit that provides undocumented students with college scholarships and internship/career opportunities.
- Great Minds In Stem— Applicants must be of Hispanic origin and/or must significantly participate in and promote organizations and activities in the Hispanic community. Must be Science, Technology, Engineering or Math related majors.
- Hispanic Scholarship Fund
- IISE - UPS Scholarship for Minority Students
- La Unidad Latina Foundation — Educational scholarships are awarded to Hispanic students on a competitive basis and range from $250 to $1000.
- LNESC Scholarships
- MAES Science & Engineering Scholarships
- MALDEF Scholarship Resources
- Maryland Hispanic Achievement Scholarship
- NACME Pre-Engineering Scholarships
- NSCA (Strength & Conditioning) Minority Scholarship
- Physician Assistants for Latino Health Scholarships
- PRSA (Public Relations) Diversity Multicultural Scholarship
- PRSA (Public Relations) - Marcia Silverman Minority Student Award
- QuestBridge National College Match — The QuestBridge National College Match is designed for high school seniors who have shown outstanding academic ability despite facing economic challenges.
- Salvadoran American Leadership & Educational Fund
- The Dream.US (DACA students only)
- The Maureen L. and Howard N. Blitman P.E., Engineering Scholarship
- Towson University Undocumented Students
- United Methodist Church Minority Scholarships
Additional Guidance on Aid Options
- U.S. Department of Education - Undocumented Students Web Pages
- U.S. Department of Education - Undocumented Students Fact Sheet (PDF)
- Also, see Ayuda Financiera del Estudiante en Español.
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