Most college-bound undocumented students were brought to the United States by their parents at a young age and have lived here most of their lives. These students have learned English, completed their schooling here and consider themselves to be American. Many of these students have excelled academically and want to pursue a college education here, though they currently lack a path to permanent residency or citizenship in the United States. Undocumented students often learn more about their legal status while in high school and have questions about how it impacts their ability to attend college in the U.S.
Prospective students are reviewed under the same admissions criteria and UNC Charlotte welcomes all applicants regardless of citizenship status.
Information above is compiled and published by Educators for Fair Consideration.
DACA is an immigration benefit available to undocumented children who meet specific criteria. It is a 2 year status that allows an undocumented person to be protected from deportation and receive work authorization. While DACA provides some benefit, there is still no specific process for many undocumented students to legalize their immigration status.
Financing for Undocumented and DACA Students
Unfortunately, federal regulations do not allow undocumented and DACA students to receive federal financial aid. Also, current state regulations do not allow undocumented and DACA students to receive in-state tuition rates at universities in North Carolina. This can be a heavy burden for students when planning for college. Below are some additional resources students can review to help them search for additional funding.