Resources for Undocumented Students

Undocumented Students undergo unique obstacles when researching, applying, and attending
college. Many scholarships and financial aid options are not available for undocumented students, and this often leads to lower-enrollment rates for our undocumented communities. LNESC is committed to providing educational resources for our undocumented community, as it is essential to level the playing field with any resources that we can. 

 

We have compiled lists of undocu-friendly, higher education student guides, scholarships, fellowships, Know Your Rights guides, mental health resources, and so much more! Please review these resources, as well as our “Academic Resources for High Schoolers/Undergraduates” to see more student resources.

Amidst the many struggles that our undocumented communities experience, access to higher education has become an obstacle for many undocumented students as universities and Colleges may not have the resources available to fully support their undocumented students. Please review the compiled information for guides on navigating university and college life, as well as how to manage financial aid and other obstacles. 

Higher Education as an Ally: Supporting Undocumented Students Through Attacks on the DACA Program
Undocu-Basics Information Power Point from Penn for Immigrant Rights at the University of Pennsylvania
Higher Ed Guide to Tuition, Financial Aid & Other Funding for Undocumented Students: FAQs for Public and Private Colleges and Universities
DACA and Your Work Place Rights

Resources for Undocumented Students

Undocumented Students undergo unique obstacles when researching, applying, and attending college. Many scholarships and financial aid options are not available for undocumented students, and this often leads to lower-enrollment rates for our undocumented communities. LNESC is committed to providing educational resources for our undocumented community, as it is essential to level the playing field with any resources that we can. 
 

We have compiled lists of undocu-friendly, higher education student guides, scholarships, fellowships, Know Your Rights guides, mental health resources, and so much more! Please review these resources, as well as our Academic Resources for High Schoolers and Undergraduates to see more student resources.

Higher Education Resources

Amidst the many struggles that our undocumented communities experience, access to higher education has become an obstacle for many undocumented students as universities and Colleges may not have the resources available to fully support their undocumented students. Please review the compiled information for guides on navigating university and college life, as well as how to manage financial aid and other obstacles. 

Higher Education as an Ally: Supporting Undocumented Students Through Attacks on the DACA Program
Undocu-Basics Information Power Point from Penn for Immigrant Rights at the University of Pennsylvania
Higher Ed Guide to Tuition, Financial Aid & Other Funding for Undocumented Students: FAQs for Public and Private Colleges and Universities
DACA and Your Work Place Rights

Scholarship/Fellowship Resources

Many national scholarships often exclude students who can not access federal student aid due to their citizenship status, making it increasingly difficult to find alternative options to pay for school. We have compiled a list of resources with undocu-friendly scholarships and fellowships, please click on any of these guides to view scholarships you may be eligible for:

Immigrant Rising 2020 Undergraduate Scholarships​

Immigrant Rising 2020 Undergraduate Fellowships

The Dream - Scholarship List​

MALDEF - 2020-2021 Scholarship Resource Guide

Act on a Dream - Scholarship Resources​

MALDEF - 2020-2021 Scholarship Resource Guide

My Undocumented Life - 2020 College Scholarships

Silicon Valley Community Foundation - 2020 Scholarships

Mental Health Support

People living in the U.S. with undocumented status often face higher rates of mental health issues and often do not have the resources to access mental health assistance or programs. If you or someone you love is struggling with mental health issues, please use the following mental health guides for support: 

Mental Health Resource List

DACA Mental Health Coping Guide

Cultivating Mental Health Resilience

Know Your Rights

Another important resource that has been helpful to undocumented communities, is Know Your Rights training. While the undocumented community is generally unprotected under federal law, we have compiled a list of resources you may use to learn about the rights you do have access to, including tips for what to do when you are in contact with any Immigration officials:

Additional Resources:

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