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 Program here.

The U Dreamers Program is intended to meet 100 percent of a student’s demonstrated financial need. Depending on the amount of the award, it can potentially cover tuition, fees, on-campus room and board, a meal plan, and University health insurance. The U Dreamers Program is reneweable for up to four academic years (eight consecutive semesters) or such  time required to complete the baccalaureate degree.* Funding cannot be used to cover graduate course work, summer or intersession courses, or any courses that are not a requirement towards your 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.

Eligibility Criteria 

The U Dreamers Program is open to eligible DACA high school seniors and transfer students in the State of Florida. 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 Action application option no later than November 1 of their senior year in high school;
  • submit proof of DACA status by November 10;
  • submit the U Dreamers essay by November 10 of their senior year; and
  • submit the CSS Profile and other financial aid documentation as requested by December 1.

Incoming transfers must

  • have graduated with a high school diploma;
  • attend a regionally accredited institution in the State of Florida;
  • have completed or will soon complete 60 post-secondary credit hours or more at the time of application;
  • apply by the transfer fall priority deadline;
  • submit proof of DACA status by March 9;
  • submit the U Dreamers essay by March 9; and
  • submit the CSS Profile and other financial aid documentation as requested by April 15.


Submit an official copy of the I-797 DACA Approval Notice and Employment Authorization Document to mydocuments@miami.edu by November 10 (freshmen) or March 9 (transfers).



  • Minimum high school GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale from a well-rounded college preparatory curriculum. 
  • Minimum SAT 1200 (combined) / ACT 25.
  • Minimum 3.5 college GPA.

Personal History

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

Financial Need

Students must submit the CSS Profile and other financial aid documentation as requested no later than December 1 (freshmen) or April 15 (transfers). No exceptions.


In addition to the Common Application, students must submit an essay. The essay is a chance for students to share their voice beyond their application. Freshmen applicants must submit the essay by November 10 and transfer applicants must submit the essay by March 9. 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

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 two staff members (Iris Florez and Michelle Aguilar) dedicated to assisting applicants with DACA status through the application process. Their contact information can be found here. You can also visit our DACA Frequently Asked Questions page.