Undocumented, DREAMer & DACA Students

graphic of the Dreamers welcome poster showing a butterfly in front of a globe.Undocumented/DREAMer Students

  • An undocumented student refers to students born outside of the United States, but who have lived in the country for a significant portion of their lives, and reside in the United States without the legal permission of the federal government.
  • Are often ineligible for careers that required licensing, background checks, or a Social Security Number.

 

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

  • DACA, an executive memo issued on June 15, 2012 offers undocumented persons under the age of 31, meeting specific criteria, deferred action of deportation.
  • DACA does not provide an individual with lawful status.
  • Through the Department of Homeland Security, DACA recipients are granted the right to an Illinois driver’s license, a Social Security Number and a work permit.
  • DACA students are eligible for paid interships and student employment
  • Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
  • Renew Your DACA

 

Apply for Admission (NO application fee is required)

1) Undocumented/DREAMer students, fill out our online application. Please put 000-00-000 in the social security field – do not make up a number or use your ITIN number. University of St. Francis will give you an assigned ID number once you submit the application. Please put “NO” for U.S. Citizen. Please put “NO” for Applying to Financial Aid.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students, fill out our online application. Please put 000-00-000 in the social security field – do not put your SSN given to you by DACA or use your ITIN number. University of St. Francis will give you an assigned ID number once you submit the application. Please put “NO” for U.S. Citizen. Please put “NO” for Applying to Financial Aid.

2) Turn in high school transcripts and ACT scores and/or ALL college transcripts.

3) Make an appointment with your admissions counselor to speak on the process to better help you. To set up a campus visit, please click here.

Please Submit ALL DOCUMENTS to the USF Admissions Office.

 

Financing your Education

All USF Freshman and Transfer Scholarships are open to Undocumented/DACA students.

Undocumented and DACA students may be eligible to receive privately funded merit scholarships or grant aid. They are not eligible to receive state and federal financial aid.

Students should begin looking for scholarships as early as possible. Contact individuals, groups, or colleges/universities about resources that may be available.

Q&A: Financial Aid and Undocumented Students

NOTE: Our Admissions and Financial Aid Office does not recommend that an Undocumented/DACA student fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as we have a separate form to fill out and find financial need.

 

Contact the Admissions Office with Questions

Eric A. Ruiz ’07 ’09
Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Coordinator of Multi-Cultural Initiatives

Office: 815-740-5070 | Cell/Text: 815-680-5401 | Fax: 815-740-5078 | Email: eruiz@stfrancis.edu

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