Kudos to UI Chicago for having a one-stop site for Dreamers. The website goes over admissions, the Illinois Dream Act, and other resources for Dreamers.
1. Yes, dreamers may apply.
2. Undocumented applicants are processed as domestic students. They should pay the domestic application fee of $50 rather than the international fee of $70. On the application, they should choose citizenship of “Other” and then enter their city and country of birth and their country of citizenship.
3. Under Colorado’s ASSET legislation, in-state tuition is available for graduate applicants who meet the following criteria:
a. They live in Colorado
b. They attended a Colorado high school for at least 3 years
c. They graduated from a Colorado high school or received a GED in Colorado
d. They submit an affidavit to the school stating that they have applied for lawful presence or will apply as soon as they are eligible to do so. (By completing the “Affadavit” section of the COF application. The entire COF application is not required for graduate students.) *
4. If students have DACA status, that typically comes with a work authorization in the form of an Employment Authorization Document (EAD). This would make them employment eligible. Here is a link for more info on DACA: http://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/consideration-deferred-action-childhood-arrivals-daca .
5. Starting contact for the University: Vanessa Roman, 303.492.7037.
When applying do so as international and indicate ‘UN’ as your visa type.
No TOEFL/IELTS is required for those who completed undergraduate study in an English speaking country.
RA/TA-ships are available for those with work authorization.
Responses from various emails.
The University of New Mexico has information regarding Dreamers here.
The University of Washington has information for Dreamers here.
1. Are Dreamers allowed to apply for admission to your university?
YES, WE DO NOT BLOCK THE ENROLLMENT OF ANY STUDENT BASED ON IMMIGRATION STATUS. OBVIOUSLY YOU MAY NOT BE ELIGIBLE FOR CERTAIN BENEFITS SUCH AS A GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP UNLESS YOU HAVE AN EAD BASED ON YOUR DACA STATUS. DREAMERS ARE CONSIDERED ‘INTERNATIONAL’ STUDENTS.
I CANNOT ANSWER THE QUESTION ABOUT ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY EXCEPT TO SAY THERE ARE EXCEPTIONS SUCH AS OBTAINING A DEGREE FROM AN ENGLISH-SPEAKING INSTITUTION.
> 2. Is in-state tuition available for Dreamers?
CURRENTLY, NO. HOWEVER, IT IS MY UNDERSTANDING THAT IT IS UNDER DISCUSSION BUT I HAVE NO IDEA WHEN A DECISION WILL BE MADE. I ALSO DON’T KNOW WHO IS IN THESE DISCUSSIONS – THE INSTITUTION, THE STATE, BOARD OF TRUSTEES???????
3. Are Dreamers available for teaching and/or research assistant-ships?
IF YOU HAVE APPLIED FOR DACA BENEFITS AND HAVE AN EAD AUTHORIZING EMPLOYMENT, YOU CAN. OTHERWISE, I CAN’T IMAGINE HOW IN ANY STATE YOU WOULD BE ELIGIBLE FOR EMPLOYMENT.
4. Does your university have any point of contact for Dreamers?
NOT THAT I AM AWARE OF. I SUPPOSE THIS OFFICE FOR DISCUSSION OF IMMIGRATION/EMPLOYMENT ELIGIBILITY. THE STUDENT AID OFFICE FOR FINANCIAL AID BENEFITS. ADMISSIONS FOR ADMISSIONS.