U Dreamers Program

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The U Dreamers Program is available to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students at the University of Miami, effective in Fall 2017. UM remains committed to providing students of all nationalities and citizenship statuses with opportunities to nurture their talents and achieve their goals. The University supports undocumented students and will continue to do all it can, within the law, to enable them to pursue their education at UM. Learn about the history of the U Dreamers Grant here.

The U Dreamers Program is intended to meet 100 percent of a student’s demonstrated financial need. The expenses covered with this program are tuition and fees, on-campus room and board, a meal plan, and University health insurance. Financial aid for this program is renewable for up to four academic years (eight consecutive semesters) or such  time required to complete the baccalaureate degree.*

Eligible students will be required to maintain full-time status (12 credit hours or more per semester), must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress toward their degree, and must live on campus.** 

*Fall and spring semesters during undergraduate enrollment.
**Freshmen are required to live on campus their first year and transfer students are encouraged to live on campus in order to fully engage in the UM experience.

Scholarship Criteria 

The U Dreamers Program is open to eligible DACA high school seniors and transfer students. Candidates for the U Dreamers Program are selected based on academic merit and the essay. To qualify:

Incoming freshmen must

  • attend an accredited high school in Florida;
  • apply under the Early Decision I or Early Action application option no later than November 1 of their senior year in high school; and
  • submit the U Dreamers essay by November 10 of their senior year.

Students transferring from another college or university must

  • attend a regionally accredited institution in the State of Florida;
  • have completed or will soon complete 60 credit hours or more at the time of application;
  • have graduated with a high school diploma;
  • apply by the transfer fall or spring priority deadline; and
  • submit the U Dreamers essay by March 9 (fall admission) or November 10 (spring admission).


Submit an official copy of the I-797 DACA Approval Notice and Employment Authorization Document to mydocuments@miami.edu



  • Minimum high school GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale from a well-rounded college preparatory curriculum. 
  • Minimum SAT 1100 (combined) / ACT 21.


  • Minimum 3.5 college GPA.

Personal History

Students should have a demonstrated participation in extracurricular activities, a strong work ethic, and a history of overcoming significant adversity. 

Financial Need

Submit the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE and other financial aid documentation as requested by December 1 for freshman and by March 1 (fall admission) or November 1 (spring admission) for transfers.


In addition to the Common Application, students must submit an essay. Freshmen applicants must submit an essay by November 10. Transfer applicants must submit an essay by March 9 (fall admission) or November 10 (spring admission). The essay is a chance for students to share their voice beyond their application. Students must select one of the prompts below and respond in 800 words or less. 

  • What matters to you, and why?
  • Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences. 
  • How would the University of Miami help support your goals?

Apply here

Thank you for your interest in the U Dreamers Program. The deadline for submission was November 10.   

For instructions on how to apply to the University of Miami, please visit here.


We're happy to answer any questions you may have. The Office of Undergraduate Admission has a staff member (Iris Florez) dedicated to assisting applicants with DACA status through the application process. Iris Florez can be reached via email at i.florez@miami.edu. You can also visit our DACA Frequently Asked Questions page.