DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)
Undocumented and DACA students are not eligible for federal financial aid, but may apply for university-based and alternate financial assistance at UNLV.
What does undocumented status and DACA mean?
Undocumented refers to individuals who are not United States citizens or permanent residents of the United States, who do not hold a current visa to reside in the United States, and who have not been approved for legal residency in the U.S. Some undocumented individuals had an opportunity to participate in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Federal Program to avoid deportation and receive work authorization in the United States.
It is also important to note that while all DACA participants are undocumented, not all undocumented individuals are DACA participants. Selection is contingent upon meeting criteria and the completion and federal government review of an individual's DACA application.
U.S. citizenship is not a prerequisite for admission to UNLV, therefore any individual can apply to be a student and, if accepted, enroll for classes.
Undocumented and DACA students who have graduated from a Nevada high school are eligible for in-state tuition.
“DACA students face so many barriers to completing their degrees. Immigration policy is constantly changing, and there is a lot of anxiety over what will happen.”
Diversity Scholarships will assist these students with tuition costs, books, housing and other expenses related to attending UNLV. This financial assistance will alleviate one less worry or burden, and allow the student to focus on academic success.