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.
As of September 5, 2017, under the current administration, the DACA program has been rescinded. For more information about DACA changes please visit The Woodrick Center.
Scholarship Opportunities for 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 2019-20 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 GRCC Foundation Scholarship priority deadline is March 15 at midnight.
In some instances, applicants for these scholarships may be required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for consideration.
- Hispanic Scholarship Fund
- Golden Door Scholars
- Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF)
More Scholarship Opportunities
A number of private organizations offer scholarship opportunities for DACA and undocumented students, including:
- 10,000 Degrees New Leader Scholarship and Undergraduate Scholarship
- Immigrants Rising
- Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities travel award
- Hispanic Scholarship Fund
- MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund)
- National Immigration Law Center scholarship resource listing
- University of California at Santa Barbara scholarship listing
Websites with Comprehensive Scholarship Lists
MALDEF – The Latino legal voice for civil rights in America
Immigrants Rising – Empowering undocumented young people in the pursuit of college, career, and citizenship
Grand Rapids Scholarships
- When to apply: January 1 – March 15 (late applications will be accepted)
- How to apply: Obtain application from Financial Aid Office located on the first floor of Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall, formerly Main Building, beginning in January each year.
- Applications are due by March 15 every year, for first round consideration.
- When to apply: January 1 – April 1 (apply early)
- How to apply: Complete application online at link above
- Questions? See website for FAQ answers or contact Ruth Bishop, Education Program Officer at (616) 454-1751.
*Please note that although GRCF indicates that you must be a citizen, you may still apply. Students with undocumented statuses have benefited from these scholarships previously.
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