Undocumented and DACA students are not eligible for Federal financial aid offered by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Instead, it is important to learn about the resources that can help fund college and make it more affordable. Generally, Oregon residents should look into: Tuition Equity, state funding through the Office of Student Access and Completion, and institutional funding offered by the university. Be mindful of deadlines and eligibility criteria.

Tuition Equity

Undocumented and DACA Oregon students who meet the following criteria pay in-state tuition at Oregon Public Universities:
  • Studied in the United States for at least five years.
  • Attended an Oregon high school for at least three years.
  • Graduated from an Oregon high school (or received an equivalent certification).
  • Applied for federal individual taxpayer identification or other official federal identification document.
  • Showed intention to become a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident.
  • To receive in-state tuition, be sure to complete the undergraduate student admissions process; answer the citizenship question as “non-U.S. citizen.”
  • The University of Oregon has an affidavit for students to complete. Feel free to discuss your situation openly with the Office of Admissions; they are there to help you navigate through the admission and tuition equity process.

University of Oregon Tuition Equity FAQ

State Funding

Undocumented and DACA students are not eligible for Federal financial aid. However, the Office of Student Access and Completion has an alternative application to the FAFSA called the ORSAA, for Oregon residents. By submitting the ORSAA, students may be eligible for the Oregon Opportunity Grant. DO NOT complete the ORSAA if you are a U.S. citizen or a legal non-citizen with an Alien Registration number.

  • The ORSAA is available as early as October 1 each academic year.

Complete the ORSAA

State Scholarships

Aside from the Oregon Opportunity Grant, OSAC also has over 500 scholarships for Oregon residents. Undocumented and DACA students are eligible to apply to some of these scholarships.

  • OSAC scholarship application available: November 1, 2017.
  • OSAC scholarship application Early bird deadline: February 15, 2018.
  • OSAC scholarship application Deadline: March 1, 2018.

Complete OSAC Scholarship Application

University of Oregon Funding

  • Scholarships
    • Incoming freshmen: Stamps, Presidential, Summit, Apex, General University, and National Merit.
    • Transfer students: General University.
    • Graduate students: General University.
  • Departmental Scholarships
    • Aside from applying for UO scholarships (see above), we encourage you to also check with your department for additional scholarship or grant funding sources.
  • Emergency Loans
    • UO students are allotted a $300 emergency loan once per term by the Business Affairs department.

Other Funding Sources

  • Reimbursements for DACA renewal feesThe Latinx Alliance of Eugene is accepting applications to Eugene Dreamers for reimbursement of their DACA renewal with the funds from the City of Eugene. Applicants must provide verification from an attorney that the renewal was completed between Sept. 5, 2017 and Oct. 5, 2017.More information at: Centro Latino Americano from David Saez:
  • Scholarship Bulletin Board
    • There are many scholarship opportunities available in the greater community. We have composed a scholarship bulletin board with various opportunities that are available to you. These scholarships are not administered by the UO, you will need to contact the donor of each scholarship fund with any questions.
  • SALT Scholarship Search
  • Scholarship Resources for Undocumented Students

For comprehensive information about paying for college as an undocumented student in Oregon, refer to these websites:

Information for undocumented students in the state of Oregon (click here)

Accessing College as an Undocumented Student in Oregon (click here).

UO Division of Equity and Inclusion: Guidance for Undocumented Students (click here).

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