DACA & undocumented students

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You are welcome here.

At VCU, we help all of our students accomplish their goals, including undocumented students who do and do not qualify for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

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  • Get a holistic application review

    VCU examines each undocumented student’s full application, including academic profile and performance, extracurricular activities, leadership efforts and other personal achievements.

    Connect with counselors
  • Join an inclusive community

    Diversity and inclusion are ingrained in VCU's culture and written into our beliefs. No matter who you are, you’ll feel like you belong here.

    Explore inclusion at VCU
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  • Discover financial aid

    Financial aid is money provided to students to help pay for college if they meet eligibility requirements. Each year, more than $270 million in financial aid is disbursed to approximately 18,000 students at VCU. Aid is available through federal, state, university and private resources.

    Learn how to apply for aid
  • Determine in-state tuition eligibility

    To be eligible for in-state tuition, undocumented students must meet specific requirements determined by the state of Virginia.

    Review requirements
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What is the difference between DACA and undocumented?

Any person who lives or works in the United States without the legal protections of a citizen or permanent resident can be identified as undocumented. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is an executive memo that was issued on June 15, 2012, by President Obama that offers undocumented persons who meet specific criteria deferred action of deportation. DACA does not provide an individual with lawful status. People who are undocumented do not automatically receive protection from DACA and may come from any country.

Review DACA eligibility requirements