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Is the process to be able to be considered "in-state" be easier for DACA students?

I am a student under DACA. I recently found out that in addition to not qualifying for financial aid, I do not qualify for in-state tuition regardless of how long I've lived in my current state. Is that going to change someday? I would love to finish school. #DACA #immigration #college #financial-aid

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Kimberly’s Answer

Hi Dulce, I agree with the other answers. You may need to search a bit for the right school. Although you may not be able to access student loans through FAFSA, you can probably find grants/scholarships. Always be applying to grants and scholarships. You have a story that people want to cheer on - most of the country is in support of DREAMers and immigration reform. Remember this when you are applying for these scholarships and grants - the donors want to believe in the scholarship recipient.

Finally, if you have not already consulted an immigration lawyer to see if there are any available paths to a green card for you, I would encourage you to reach out to someone now, while DACA is still in place. It can be taken away at any time, so you want to make sure to stay ahead.
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Luis F.’s Answer

Hi Dulce, You should try to go to a small college or community college because they must be most flexible. I have a nephew that was recognize as in State Student with his status here in Florida.

Good luck and keep trying, you may find a college that will give you the opportunity.

Thank you comment icon Thank you Luis, a lot of students need flexibility and finding one that will work with financial help is always an assist Samantha Denney
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Samantha Kimberly’s Answer

Hi Dulce,


I think the last two answers are great!

First, private universities don’t have in-state/out-state tuition, and although they are typically more expensive, they also have more money to give students.

Second, community college is always a great option for anyone regardless of citizenship status. That is because they are much more affordable and can help you save money until you transfer to a university.

I was lucky enough that my home state of CA has the DreamAct, which gives financial aid to students and waives the out-of-state tuition fee for undocumented students.

Being undocumented/DACAmented makes attending college and beyond extremely difficult, but not impossible. Keep applying to colleges, scholarships, and don’t give up!
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Angel’s Answer

Dulce,


You are right, many states, especially North Carolina, will not give you in state tuition. This is a struggle for many DACA recipients who are trying to study and complete their secondary education. Although, this will not be changing anytime soon, there are other ways to go around.


First, I recommend that you look into private institutions. Public schools are typically less expensive, but because they are federally supported they will count you as out of state. On the other hand, private institutions, which are typically more expensive, have more wiggle room. In many cases, private institutions will be less expensive for DACA students. Private institutions will count you as in state, will offer their own scholarships, and can work with your families financial situation.


Also, try looking for colleges in "blue states". For example, California offers tremendous help for DACA students. In fact, my brother is currently attending a school in California for around $4,000 per year. Keep in mind we are not from the state of California.


I hope this was helpful, but if you have more questions please ask.

Thank you comment icon I want to let Angel know her advice was very helpful. Samantha Denney
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