Undocumented Students Toolkit

Posted on March 12, 2024
Categories: College

Often times undocumented students (including DACA recipients without a Social Security Number) find the lack of documentation to be an additional challenge throughout the college process. FAFSA is made unavailable to them. Some institutions choose to charge undocumented students as out-of-state or international students, leading to higher tuition. There are institutions that categorize undocumented students as domestic students or meet 100% of Demonstrated Need regardless of citizenship status. Some colleges provide financial aid to undocumented students through the CSS profile or the college’s own financial aid form. This document is intended to advise and direct undocumented students throughout the college process.


Private scholarships are more likely not to require proof of citizenship. These are the scholarships and resources to search for. Ask your counselor for any private scholarship recommendations.

Immgirants Rising – Immigrant based Organization that focuses on educationhttps://immigrantsrising.org/
LULF: Advancing Latino Educational Achievementhttps://www.lulf.org/
Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americanshttps://www.pdsoros.org/
Chicano Organizing and Research organization – Que llueva cafe scholarshiphttp://www.ca-core.org/que_llueva_cafe_scholarship_program
My Undocumented Life Blog – Resources & Scholasrshipshttps://mydocumentedlife.org/2016/09/12/scholarships-open-to-undocumented-students/
More on Scholarship guidance for undocumentes students herehttps://www.bestcolleges.com/resources/undocumented-students/scholarships/
Make sure to research the Admission Policy for Undocumented Students for the Colleges/Universities on your list.

Look at Best States and Colleges for Undocumented Students here