UCLA

  1. Are Dreamers allowed to apply for admission to your university?

Dreamers are allowed to apply for admission to all schools in the UC system.

  1. If Dreamers can apply, how do they apply?

To elaborate, do Dreamers qualify as ‘domestic’ applicants or are they considered ‘international’ migrants? If they apply as international students must they establish English language proficiency (e.g. TOEFL)? Is there any admissions application fee waiver available?

AB540/ Undocumented students apply for admission like all others students. Please complete the application found at the following link: https://grad.ucla.edu/gasaa/admissions/applicat.htm

Please note: Once you complete your application you will need to call our office so we can make sure if goes through successful. Please  make sure you make permanent resident on the application, even if you are not, so you will be eligible for funding.

Application fee waivers are available to student only if they are participating in a qualified program. You can find out more at the following link: https://grad.ucla.edu/asis/infoserv/faq.html

Your status will be converted to resident waiving the TOEFL requirement if you have completed a degree in the U.S.

  1. Is in-state tuition available for Dreamers?

In several states in-state tuition is available for Dreamers who apply for special programs, such as AB540 in California. Does your university participate in any such program? If so please provide details on how to acquire in-state tuition.

Yes, AB540/ Undocumented students are eligible for funding programs. As noted above, please make sure you select permanent resident in your application so you can apply to fellowships at the time you are completing your application.

  1. Are Dreamers available for teaching and/or research assistantships?

Assuming an applicant is accepted into a graduate program in your university, are they eligible for teaching and/or research assistantships? Are RA/TA ships only available to those Dreamers with work authorization?

TA/ RA positions are handled by each department independently of admissions. As a general rule, most 1st year grad student do not TA.

  1. Does your university have any point of contact for Dreamers?

Does your university have a ‘Dream Resource Center’ or volunteer faculty/staff member who helps guides Dreamers? If so would you kindly provide the point of contact’s contact information?

If you have questions about AB540/ Undocumented students please contact Ms. Anna Guzman at aguzman@grad.ucla.edu. We also encourage you to explore our Bruin Resources Center’s Undocumented Student Center at the following link:http://www.ab540.ucla.edu/undocumented_graduate.html

Washington State University

1. Are Dreamers allowed to apply for admission to your university?

Yes, definitely. I am adding a link that you should review: https://finaid.wsu.edu/media/3013/hb-1079-brochure-red-coug.pdf

2. If Dreamers can apply, how do they apply? To elaborate, do Dreamers qualify as ‘domestic’ applicants or are they considered ‘international’ migrants? If they apply as international students must they establish English language proficiency (e.g. TOEFL)? Is there any admissions application fee waiver available?

They apply as domestic students.

3. Is in-state tuition available for Dreamers?

This is only if they are Washington residents.

4. Are Dreamers available for teaching and/or research assistantships? Assuming an applicant is accepted into a graduate program in your university, are they eligible for teaching and/or research assistantships? Are RA/TA ships only available to those Dreamers with work authorization?

Yes, if they have a work permit, they are eligible for an assistantship. When an assistantship is awarded, then both in state and out of state tuition is covered by the Graduate School.

5. Does your university have any point of contact for Dreamers?

Yes. For the Graduate School, it is Dr. Herrera.

Princeton

1. Are Dreamers allowed to apply for admission to your university? Yes, in the application under the Citizenship Information section we have a the following note-
If you hold a DACA status please select Permanent Resident of U.S. and enter your EAD card number in the space provided.

2. If Dreamers can apply, how do they apply?
To elaborate, do Dreamers qualify as ‘domestic’ applicants or are they considered ‘international’ migrants? Permanent Residents are considered domestic applicants. If they apply as international students must they establish English language proficiency (e.g. TOEFL)?

English proficiency is determined by the Native Language not citizenship status, please visit our website for more information. http://gradschool.princeton.edu/admission/applying-princeton/english-language-tests

Is there any admissions application fee waiver available?

Yes, we do offer fee waivers. http://gradschool.princeton.edu/admission/applying-princeton/deadlines-and-fees/application-fee-waivers
3. Is in-state tuition available for Dreamers?
In several states in-state tuition is available for Dreamers who apply for special programs, such as AB540 in California. Does your university participate in any such program? If so please provide details on how to acquire in-state tuition.
We are a private school so our tuition is the same for everyone
4. Are Dreamers available for teaching and/or research assistantships?
Assuming an applicant is accepted into a graduate program in your university, are they eligible for teaching and/or research assistantships? Are RA/TA ships only available to those Dreamers with work authorization? Our PhD programs are fully funded by Princeton (tuition and stipend provided) contingent upon satisfactory academic performance and may consist of fellowship, teaching, or external awards.

5. Does your university have any point of contact for Dreamers?
Does your university have a ‘Dream Resource Center’ or volunteer faculty/staff member who helps guides Dreamers? If so would you kindly provide the point of contact’s contact information?
The Davis International Center – http://www.princeton.edu/intlctr/davis-ic-home/ can always help and our office is available for admission type questions.
Additional Note: If for any reason your DACA status changes this might affect some of the answers to the questions above.

University of Maryland, College Park

Thank you for your interest in the University of Maryland. Dreamers are able to apply for admission to Maryland and you can read about in-state tuition eligibility for Dreamers here http://www.registrar.umd.edu/resreclass.html When filling out the online application under citizenship you should select Non-immigrant Status/Citizen of Another Country. You can just leave the field “I currently hold the following visa” blank. If you are admitted to the university you will be contacted by our International Student and Scholar Services office to verify your situation and submit any documentation needed. The contact for that office would be Barbara Varsa (bvarsa@umd.edu)

I contacted the Office of General Counsel here and was told that Dreamers are eligible for teaching and/or research assistantships. I’m not aware of there being a particular contact person for Dreamers.

I appreciate your help in this matter. I’ve read the linked sites and am impressed how thorough everything is. 

Just to clarify though:

(1) During the initial admissions process Dreamers apply as ‘international’ and thereafter request for in-state tuition (if they qualify under the state dream act and/or the DACA exception). 

(2) The TOEFL exam is not required for Dreamers who have an undergraduate degree from a US university or other Anglophone country.

Yes, if you are admitted you can then contact the Office of Residency Classification to establish if you qualify for in-state tuition and then get correctly labeled in the system as a Resident.  We definitely would not require TOEFL if you have already earned a degree in the U.S., U.K., etc.

University of Texas – Dallas

Thank you for contacting The University of Texas Admissions office. Thank you for your interest in our Graduate programs to further your education.

1.If you are not a US citizen or permanent resident; then you apply as an international applicant. Here’s the link about establishing Texas residency: http://www.utdallas.edu/registrar/residency/–you have to live and work in the state for one year to establish residency.
2. You will need to apply either through Apply Texas (undergraduate) or UT Dallas Graduate application (MA/PhD).
3. We only offer fee waivers for Undergraduate applicants. (http://www.utdallas.edu/enroll/visit/events.php). There are not any fee waivers for Graduate or International applicants.
4. Questions on assistantships–please contact the individual Graduate department.

For further information about the graduate admissions process is online at http://www.utdallas.edu/admissions/graduate/. Please contact the program you are interested in pursuing for more information about admission, GRE/GMAT scores, assistantships, internships and career options. The contact information for our graduate programs is on http://www.utdallas.edu/admissions/graduate/degrees/ .

The application is on http://www.utdallas.edu/gradapp . University application and document deadlines are on http://www.utdallas.edu/enroll/apply/fees.php. Please contact the program for information about priority deadlines.

To find more information on the application process for International Students, please visit http://www.utdallas.edu/enroll/apply/ifstart.php.

All international applicants must provide official English proficiency exam scores. UT Dallas accepts a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based or 80 on the Internet-based TOEFL, a minimum score of 6.5 on the IELTS, a minimum score of 67 on the PTE, or a passing grade in level 112 of English from the ELS Language Centers. Please note that your exam scores must be less than 2 years old. Additional information on the English proficiency requirement is on http://www.utdallas.edu/admissions/graduate/international/toefl.php .

An estimated cost of attendance is on http://www.utdallas.edu/student/finaid/Estimated_Costs.htm and tuition information is at http://www.utdallas.edu/finance/bursar/schedule-introduction.html. If you click on “”2013-2014 Estimated Rates”” in the middle of the page, you will find the cost of attendance per credit hour in each term.

Financial aid and scholarship information is on http://www.utdallas.edu/student/finaid/. Please contact the Financial Aid Office at financial-aid@utdallas.edu for more information.

International Student Services will help you with the I-20 process once you have been admitted. Information about the I-20 is on http://www.utdallas.edu/isso/i20-docs/.

I hope that this helps as you start the process. For further questions please contact our Welcome Center at: 972-883-2270.

University of Southern California

Dear Michaelangelo,

Thank you for your message. Please be assured that USC has had extensive experience with undocumented applicants and you are more than welcome to apply.

From the standpoint of the central Office of Graduate Admission, there is only one real difficulty with the process which fortunately can be easily remedied.

When you first create your online application, you will be asked if you are applying as a “domestic” student (i.e., a U.S. citizen or Green Card holder) or an “international” student (i.e., a citizen of another country who will be entering the United States on an F-1 or J-1 student visa). As a Dreamer, you fit neither of the categories. You will thus need to contact our technical staff at AYhelp@usc.edu and ask them to disable this field for you. Once this done, you will be able to proceed with the online application process without further issues.

We hope this information is helpful and look forward to working with you during the application process. Thank you for your interest in USC.

Hello,

Thank you for the information. It certainly helps.

Just one questions to clarify;

Are Dreamers eligible for the admissions application fee waiver if they show proof of need? If I remember correctly one submits a letter from one’s financial aid officer.

Thank you for your time.

Dear Michaelangelo,

No, unfortunately Dreamers are not eligible for an application fee waiver at USC. We regret the disappointing news.

University of Texas – Austin

  1. Are Dreamers allowed to apply for admission to your university?

Yes, Dreamers may apply to UT Austin. We have about 300-400 Dreamers attending UT.

  1. If Dreamers can apply, how do they apply?

To elaborate, do Dreamers qualify as ‘domestic’ applicants or are they considered ‘international’ migrants? If they apply as international students must they establish English language proficiency (e.g. TOEFL)? Is there any admissions application fee waiver available?

Anyone who is not a US citizen or US permanent resident is classified as an international student by UT. Dreamers fall into the international student category. When applying to UT, Dreamers would apply as domestic applicants only if they qualify for Texas residency. Dreamers eligible for in-state tuition and applying for UT with the domestic student application process would still be considered international students when attending UT. Dreamers from out of state would apply as international applicants. 

If they are graduating from high school in the U.S. the TOEFL requirement is waived.

Yes, the admissions center would process a fee waiver for students in high school in the U.S.

  1. Is in-state tuition available for Dreamers?

In several states in-state tuition is available for Dreamers who apply for special programs, such as AB540 in California. Does your university participate in any such program? If so please provide details on how to acquire in-state tuition.

Dreamers are eligible for in-state tuition at UT if they meet the requirements for Texas residency. Dreamers’ eligibility for in-state tuition is established and clarified by HB1403 and SB1528. You can find some information about eligibility here: http://world.utexas.edu/isss/students/dreamers/before-college/in-state-tuition

  1. Are Dreamers available for teaching and/or research assistantships?

Assuming an applicant is accepted into a graduate program in your university, are they eligible for teaching and/or research assistantships? Are RA/TA ships only available to those Dreamers with work authorization?

Dreamers with EAD cards through Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) may work on campus. Students with DACA are not able to receive federal funding, so work study positions that are federally funded are not available to Dreamers.

  1. Does your university have any point of contact for Dreamers?

Does your university have a ‘Dream Resource Center’ or volunteer faculty/staff member who helps guides Dreamers? If so would you kindly provide the point of contact’s contact information?

The Longhorn Dreamers Project is an online resource that is hosted on the International Office website: http://world.utexas.edu/isss/students/dreamers

The International Office considers itself an ally of the Dreamer population at UT. Many other offices or departments on campus also have a point of contact with specific knowledge about the Dreamer population. The residency counselors housed in the Graduate and International Admissions Center are trained to assist Dreamers. To reach a residency counselor, you can email residency@austin.utexas.edu. If you call the main line for the Graduate and International Admissions Center you can request to speak with a residency counselor as well. Residency counselors would be able to answer questions about tuition rates and application procedures. Dreamers’ Financial Aid questions may be directed to intertx@austin.utexas.edu. If you need assistance finding information, we encourage you to reach out to the International Office at hotline@austin.utexas.edu or 512-471-2477. If we do not have the information you need, we will help you contact the right person or office.