Undocumented and DACA students are not eligible for Federal financial aid offered by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Included below are a variety of resources that can help fund college and make it more affordable for undocumented and DACA students.
- Attended an elementary or secondary/high school in a state or territory of the US for at least five years prior to receiving a high school diploma or GED.
- Attended a state of Oregon school for at least three years prior to receiving a high school diploma or GED.
- Graduated from an Oregon high school or received a GED in Oregon.
- Showed intention to become a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident.
- Nonresidents of Oregon are ineligible for Tuition Equity and are subject to non-resident tuition and fees.
To apply for tuition equity at the UO complete the Tuition Equity Affidavit
State Funding: ORSAA
ORSAA, the Oregon Student Aid Application is available to Oregon residents who are ineligible to receive Federal financial aid. We recommend that all undocumented and DACA students submit an ORSAA. By submitting ORSAA DACA and undocumented Oregon residents may be eligible for state grant funding and can demonstrate financial need for scholarships.
DACA and undocumented students that are not Oregon residents can still submit the ORSAA to demonstrate financial need for scholarships that require it, but will be ineligible for state grant funding.
Incoming students are automatically considered for scholarships based on their admissions materials. In addition, DACA and undocumented students can apply for the following scholarships:
Opportunity through Excellence: Fund the Dream Scholarship
This is a one year award that ranges from $5,000 – $9,000 for the school year. Typical deadline is April 1st, check the UO Scholarship Dashboard for exact deadline.
The scholarship is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. In order to be eligible, students must be:
- Currently enrolled at UO, or apply for admission as an Incoming Graduate, Law or Transfer student for Fall 2020 (incoming freshmen are not eligible to apply).
- A first generation college student
- Able to show financial need
- Ineligible for federal financial aid
- Log in to the UO Scholarship Dashboard and complete the “General Application.”
- Then click on “Other Recommended Opportunities” and select “Opportunity Through Excellence Scholarship.”
Please note: Incoming freshman/first year students are ineligible.
UO Student Crisis Fund
The UO has crisis funding available for students who experience unexpected financial hardship that may negatively impact their enrollment at the UO.
To be eligible for crisis funds students must…
• Be enrolled at the University of Oregon for the term the emergency aid is being requested.
• If applying between terms/semesters, have been enrolled during the previous term and are enrolled the following term.
• Have temporary financial hardship resulting from a crisis or emergency.
• Have exhausted all federal student aid options (including student loans). If you are ineligible for federal student aid, you are still eligible to apply for the crisis fund. Please note unwillingness to take out student loans does not constitute a financial hardship.
• As requested, be able to provide sufficient documentation of financial hardship.
Undocumented & DACAmented students ARE eligible to receive crisis funds from the UO. Even if you do not qualify to apply for federal student aid, you are eligible to apply for the crisis fund. We encourage all students experiencing economic hardship, which may negatively impact their enrollment, academic progress, and educational success to apply for the UO Crisis Fund.
Additional Funding Resources
- Parents: Students whose parents are ineligible for a Parent PLUS loan due to immigration status are allowed to borrow additional unsubsidized Stafford Loan Amounts. Contact the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships to learn more.
- Consider employment opportunities that might help you pay for your education: UO Student Employment Opportunities
- Check out Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) which enable families with limited financial resources to save and build assets fast while developing good financial habits. You apply for a savings plan, the state then matches with a 1:5 ratio up to $8,000 for a total of $9,600 over 3 years
- Ask your local community organizations if they have scholarships
- Look into additional state and national scholarships (review eligibility requirements carefully)