I’m a senior in high school and like every other dreamer I am worried beyond belief. I filed for DACA and received it immediately. Now that January is approaching I’m starting to get nervous about college tuition. I’ve already been accepted to some schools but my main concern is if I’ll be able to go to anyone of them. Is it possible for me to apply for FAFSA without my parents or at all? Does the SSN I was given because of DACA help me in anyway with financial aid? I’m worried I won’t be able to receive it after reading many articles about US citizen students that were denied financial aid because their parents did not have SSN’s.
Do you have any information on this?
MB in CT
Thank you so much for your e-mail and this question is a very important one. Congratulations on getting your DACA! It must be an exciting time for you.
Unfortunately, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals does not make anyone eligible for federal financial aid, unless they live in states where state financial aid for undocumented youth is available like in California. Deferred Action also doesn’t guarantee that you’ll get more scholarships. DACA only makes it okay for you to work legally, and in some states, drive legally too.
I know it may be frustrating but don’t feel discouraged, I hope Deferred Action opens some doors that were closed before like certain fellowships, internships and jobs.
Did you know… many undocumented youth in your state are experiencing the same thing and trying to do something about it? Check them out here and here. We have a similar situation in New York which is why we’re pushing for the New York Dream Act.
Readers, are any of you having trouble financing your education even though you have Deferred Action?
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