Welcome all. There is no federal law that requires proof of citizenship status for admission or matriculation at any U.S. college or university. While all accepted students are welcome regardless of their status, counselors at UMLCS understand and are sensitive to the unique barriers and challenges facing undocumented students.
Common Challenges That Undocumented Students May Experience:
- Anxiety and isolation
- Hypervigilance (not knowing who to trust or go to for help/answers)
- Worries about the ever changing legal and political landscape in the U.S.
- Difficulties with language and acculturation
- Adjusting to a new lifestyle and expectations away from home
- Challenges with navigating the college systems (academic, housing, financial)
- Challenges with organization, time management and staying healthy
- Adjusting to the level of rigor needed academically compared to high school
- Balancing expectations from home/family while at school
- Lack of family understanding/support
- Financial hardship
No matter the challenge, UMLCS are here to provide free and confidential brief individual or group counseling services whether issues are related to student status or any other concerns. You do not have to disclose your status with UMLCS and if you do, that information is kept completely confidential.
Resources for Undocumented Students
- UMass Lowell Office of Multicultural Affairs: A welcoming landing place for students of various backgrounds and identities to get personal support, advocacy and learn about multicultural resources and programs on campus.
- Big Future: A comprehensive guide to college created by the College Board, this site offers resources specifically for undocumented students like articles, testimonials and financial aid calculators.
- Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC): Seeking to fill resource gaps for undocumented students and to help them reach their educational, professional and person goals, E4FC provides frequently updated lists of scholarships for undocumented students at the graduate and undergraduate levels.
- My Undocumented Life: This blog provides up-to-date information on resources and scholarships that pertain to undocumented immigrants. They strive to provide a sense of community for all of their readers.