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What is the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program? 

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, also called DACA, is a program that provides temporary lawful presence to immigrant youth. Technically, deferred action is the exercise of prosecutorial discretion by the Secretary of Homeland Security to formally recognize that a particular noncitizen is present in the United States and to not pursue enforcement, such as removal, of the noncitizen.

Are students with DACA eligible to attend the University of Miami? 

Yes, all students are eligible to apply for admission regardless of their citizenship status.

What steps has UM taken to help DACA students?

UM President, Dr. Julio Frenk, has joined hundreds of presidents of private, public, and religious colleges and universities across the nation in urging United States leaders to maintain and expand DACA and the protection of undocumented students.

Also, the University of Miami now recognizes a group of exceptional and academically accomplished high school and transfer students in the state of Florida with one of the University's most selective academic opportunities—The U Dreamers Program.

What is the U Dreamers Program?

The U Dreamers Program aims to recognize outstanding DACA students in the state of Florida who have demonstrated academic excellence and a commitment to personal goals, and who intend to further their education.

The U Dreamers Program is intended to meet the full, demonstrated need of eligible DACA students admitted and selected by UM. Depending on the amount of the award, it could potentially cover tuition, fees, on-campus room and board, a meal plan, and University health insurance. 

I’m a DACA student studying outside of the state of Florida. Could I qualify for the U Dreamers Program?

No, the U Dreamers Program is only open to eligible DACA high school seniors and transfer students attending an accredited institution in the state of Florida. 

Are DACA students eligible for merit scholarships?

Yes, all students who apply to UM are automatically considered for our merit scholarships regardless of their citizenship status.

Are DACA students eligible to receive financial aid at UM? 

DACA students are not eligible for state or federal financial aid. However, they could be eligible for institutional funding through the U Dreamers Program.

Is a DACA student an “eligible noncitizen” on the FAFSA form? 

No, DACA is not an “eligible noncitizen” status. Therefore, DACA students are not required to submit the FAFSA.

Are DACA students eligible to fill out the CSS Profile? 

For the purpose of applying to the U Dreamers Program, yes. The CSS Profile does not require a Social Security number. Remember the information provided is protected under FERPA, and it is only used for institutional purposes.

What financial aid documents must DACA students submit?

  • CSS Profile
  • Parent tax documents
  • Noncustodial Parent Form, if applicable.

What if I have no contact with my noncustodial parent? 

If the whereabouts of your noncustodial parent are unknown, or if you have extenuating circumstances regarding the situation with your noncustodial parent, complete the Noncustodial Parent Waiver Form. You may contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance and Employment for more information. 

Will my parents’ citizenship affect my eligibility?

No, a parent immigration status will not affect a student’s eligibility for financial aid. The CSS Profile does not ask for a parent’s citizenship information. 

What if my parents don’t have Social Security numbers?

Your parents do not need to have Social Security numbers in order to fill out the CSS Profile. Remember that the information provided is protected under FERPA, and it is only used for institutional purposes.

Is a DACA student eligible for work-study?

DACA students are not eligible for Federal Work-Study, but they may be hired as a Student Assistant if they have a Social Security number and authorization to work.

Are DACA students eligible for student loans? 

Although DACA students are not eligible for federal loans, private loan providers are less stringent in their application criteria and may be willing to provide loans. Keep in mind, DACA students may need a co-signer who is a resident to be eligible for private loans.

May DACA students continue to be legally enrolled at UM?

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.