On June 15, 2012, President Obama signed a memo calling for deferred action for certain undocumented young people who came to the U.S. as children and have pursued education or military service here. The Department of Education has issued the following information to address frequently asked questions.
Scholarship Opportunities for DACA Students
While DACA and undocumented students are not eligible to receive federal and State of Michigan financial aid funds, scholarships are available! If you are a DACA student, you may be considered for Grand Rapids Community College Foundation scholarships, as well as a number of private scholarships.
To be considered for a GRCC Foundation Scholarship, simply complete the 2017-18 GRCC Foundation Scholarship Application and respond “Yes” to the question: Are you part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program? DACA students are not required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for consideration.
The GRCC Foundation Scholarship deadline is March 15 at midnight.
A number of private organizations offer scholarship opportunities for DACA and undocumented students. In some instances, applicants for these scholarships may be required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for consideration.
Beware of scholarship scams. You should never pay to complete a scholarship application or for assistance in a scholarship search.
Other Potential Scholarship Opportunities:
MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund)