Immigrants, Refugees, Asylees and other New Americans

On November 17, 2015, the U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Justice, and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services released a fact sheet on the rights of unaccompanied children to enroll in and participate meaningfully and equally in education programs.

On October 20, 2015, the U.S. Department of Education released a Resource Guide to help schools, colleges, teachers, and other personnel support the college and career success of undocumented and DACA youth in secondary and postsecondary settings.

Higher Education 

  • Funding Your Education [PDF, 1.4MB] – This guide to Federal Student Aid covers preparing to pay for college, applying for aid, and repaying a loan.

  • Qualifying for Student Aid – Many non-U.S. citizens qualify for federal student aid. Access this website to learn more about the eligibility criteria for that aid.

  • Questions and Answers about Financial Aid and Undocumented Students [PDF, 326KB] – This questions and answers (Q&As) document provides information about student financial aid for undocumented students as well as guidance for a specific subgroup of undocumented students who have received Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The Q&As include general information, information about eligibility for financial aid, and information about completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

  • WHIEEH Financial Aid Guide for Graduates – The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics (WHIEEH) created the ¡Gradúate! Financial Aid Guide to Success (Guide) to help students and families navigate the college application process. The Guide, available in both English and Spanish, provides recommended steps for the college enrollment process, helpful tips on filling out the FAFSA and key financial aid resources available to better support Hispanics, including DACA and non U.S. citizen students, in their efforts to access a postsecondary education.


Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Students

On June 15, 2012, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that certain people who came to the United States as children and meet several key guidelines, including educational guidelines, may request consideration of deferred immigration enforcement action for a period of two years, subject to renewal. Individuals who are granted deferred action would then be eligible for work authorization. Deferred action does not provide an individual with lawful status, but instead is a discretionary determination to defer removal action of an individual as an act of prosecutorial discretion.