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Resources for Undocumented & DACA Students

As a student who is a recipient of DACA or undocumented, specific resources are available to help you navigate the college search, application, and financial aid process.

 

College Search and Application Resources

A Guide to College for Undocumented Students

Admission Policies, Financial Aid, and Scholarship Opportunities at colleges/universities in Illinois and outside Illinois

Questions to Ask Colleges suggested for undocumented students researching different options

College Advising Guide for undocumented students

Financial Aid Resources


Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid

Beginning in January 2020, the state of Illinois created a new pathway for students who are undocumented and students who are transgender to apply for financial aid for college or career school from the state of Illinois. Students can now complete the Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid to see if they are eligible for state grants that have historically been worth up to $5,340.

resources for the alternative application

Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid

Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid Frequently Asked Questions

Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid User Guide

 

Eligibility Requirements for undocumented students

Students are eligible to apply for financial aid with the Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid if they are undocumented and:

  • lived with their parent or guardian while attending an Illinois public or private high school;
  • graduated (or will graduate) from a public or private high school or received the equivalent of a high school diploma in Illinois;
  • attended school in Illinois for at least 3 years by the time (as of the date) the individual graduated (or graduates) from high school or received (or receives) the equivalent of a high school diploma;
  • the individual provides an affidavit (available within the application) stating that the individual will file an application to become a permanent resident of the United States at the earliest opportunity the individual is eligible to do so; and
  • the individual has not established a residence outside of Illinois.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR TRANSGENDER STUDENTS

Students are eligible to apply for financial aid with the Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid if they are transgender, feel that a male gender identity assigned to them at birth does not represent them, and feel that the Alternative Application is best for their situation. Note: the Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid can not be used to apply for federal grants or to see if you are eligible for federal student loans.

Scholarship Resources

In addition to the District 207 Career and College Resource Center Scholarship Database, the following resources include lists of scholarships that students who are recipients of DACA or undocumented may be eligible for.

Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling List of Scholarships

2020 Undergraduate Scholarships that Do Not Require Proof of U.S. Citizenship or Legal Permanent Residency

Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) Scholarship Resources

TheDream.US Scholarships