Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

On June 15, 2012, President Obama signed a memo calling for deferred action for certain undocumented young people who came to the U.S. as children and have pursued education or military service here. The Department of Education has issued the following information to address frequently asked questions.

Questions and Answers for Financial Aid and Undocumented Students


Scholarship Opportunities for Deferred Action for Early Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Students

While DACA and undocumented students are not eligible to receive federal and State of Michigan financial aid funds, scholarships are available! If you are a DACA student, you may be considered for Grand Rapids Community College Foundation scholarships, as well as a number of private scholarships.

To be considered for a GRCC Foundation Scholarship, simply complete the 2016-17 GRCC Foundation Scholarship Application and respond “Yes” to the question: Are you part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program? DACA students are not required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for consideration.
The scholarship deadline is March 15 at midnight.

A number of private organizations offer scholarship opportunities for DACA and undocumented students. In some instances, applicants for these scholarships may be required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for consideration. Also, beware of scholarship scams. You should never pay to complete a scholarship application or for assistance in a scholarship search.

Other Potential Scholarship Opportunities:

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund)

Minnesota Office of Higher Education