U Dreamers Program

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

The U Dreamers Program is intended to meet 100 percent of an admitted student’s demonstrated financial need. Depending on the amount of the award, it 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. 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 applicants in the state of Florida looking to enroll in the fall semester only.

If any required materials are missing by the stated deadlines, DACA applicants may not be eligible for consideration.

Applying for Admission

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

In addition, first-year DACA applicants must:

  • Attend an accredited high school in Florida
  • Apply under one of our fall admission plans
  • Upload an official copy of the I-797 DACA Approval Notice and Employment Authorization Document via the Student Information Form. This form must be uploaded by November 1 for Early Decision I or Early Action or by January 1 for Early Decision II or Regular Decision.

In addition, transfer DACA applicants must:

  • Have graduated with a high school diploma or its equivalent
  • Currently attend a regionally accredited institution of higher learning in the state of Florida 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 May 1
  • Submit official copy of the I-797 DACA Approval Notice and Employment Authorization Document to mydocuments@miami.edu before April 15

Applying for Aid

DACA applicants are not required to submit the FAFSA. However, if interested in need-based financial aid, they must complete the following 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 award is subject to revision pending receipt of any grant, scholarship, or prepaid tuition and/or housing aid not anticipated at the time the award is given.

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 accordingly.

Visit our Terms & Conditions page for more information. 

Contact Us

Iris Martinez 
Office of Undergraduate Admission

Christina Ward
Office of Student Financial Assistance and Employment