U Dreamers Program

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The U Dreamers Program is available to academically talented and admissible Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and undocumented high school seniors and transfer students. UM is committed to providing students of all nationalities and citizenship statuses with opportunities to nurture their talents and pursue their goals.

Through the U Dreamers Program, the University of Miami is committed to meeting 100 percent of demonstrated financial need for admitted students. Depending on the amount of the award, this could potentially cover tuition and mandatory fees, on-campus housing, a meal plan, and University health insurance. Scholarships that are in excess of qualified educational expenses (i.e., tuition and mandatory fees) may be subject to a tax. Please refer to the IRS Publication 970 Tax Benefits for Education to learn more about which expenses do not qualify as educational expenses, including, but not limited to, living expenses, meal plans, and any other expenses not required to attain a degree in your field of study. 

Eligibility Criteria

The U Dreamers Program is available to eligible first-year and transfer DACA and undocumented applicants seeking to enroll in the fall semester.

The application and supporting documents must be received by the stated deadlines in order for applicants to be eligible for U Dreamers consideration.

Applying for Admission

DACA and undocumented applicants must meet the First-Year Admission Requirements or the Transfer Admission Requirements, including submission of the International Financial Certification Form, by the stated deadlines.

In addition, first-year DACA and undocumented applicants must:

  • Attend an accredited high school in the U.S.
  • Apply under one of our fall admission plans
  • Submit the “Personal Information Update” form located within the Applicant Portal, which asks students to provide their country of birth and number of years lived in the U.S., and to attest that they will not require a student visa for university study in the U.S.
    • Note: Students receive access to their Applicant Portal after submitting the Common Application.
    • This form must be submitted by November 15 for Early Decision I and Early Action or by January 15 for Early Decision II and Regular Decision.

In addition, transfer DACA and undocumented applicants must:

  • Have graduated with a high school diploma or its equivalent
  • Currently attend a regionally accredited institution of higher learning in the U.S. and have completed at least 60 postsecondary credit hours at the time of their application
  • Apply by the fall priority deadline of April 15 and submit all Transfer Admission Requirements by the stated deadlines
  • Submit the “Personal Information Update” form located within the Applicant Portal, which asks students to provide their country of birth and number of years lived in the U.S., and to attest that they will not require a student visa for university study in the U.S.
    • Note: Students receive access to their Applicant Portal after submitting the Common Application.  
    • This form must be submitted by May 1.

Applying for Aid

DACA and undocumented applicants are not required to submit the FAFSA. However, if interested in need-based financial aid, they must complete the following requirements by the stated aid deadlines:

  • CSS Profile
  • Tax Documents
  • Government or Employer Earnings Statements

For more information, visit the Applying For Aid page.

Terms and Conditions

Students admitted to the U Dreamers Program must complete a full-time undergraduate program of study with no fewer than 12 credit hours during each of the fall and spring semesters for a minimum of 24 credit hours per academic year. Students in the U Dreamers Program must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 at the University of Miami, with the initial calculation at the end of the second semester of attendance. The financial aid package is subject to revision pending receipt of any grant, scholarship, or prepaid tuition and/or housing aid not anticipated at the time the package is awarded.

If a student in the U Dreamers Program experiences a citizenship change which at any point qualifies them for federal student aid, the U Dreamers funding will be discontinued and the student may apply for federal, state, and other institutional need-based aid.

Visit our Terms & Conditions page for more information. 

Contact Us

Freda Clement-Willis
Office of Undergraduate Admission
305-284-5875
f.clementwillis@miami.edu 

Christina Ward
Office of Student Financial Assistance and Employment
305-284-6000
c.ward@miami.edu