The University of Massachusetts offers a vibrant learning environment which embraces diverse people, ideas, and perspectives. Our innovative scholarship, teaching, policy development, student leadership, programs and services have made us known as a forward-thinking and socially conscious university. We encourage the application and enrollment of undocumented students and students granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
Undocumented students are students who are not U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or “eligible noncitizens.” Each year we consider application for admission from students living in the United States without documentation of U.S. citizenship or legal permanent residency. Undocumented students are not eligible for federal or state financial aid. Within the larger group of undocumented students, there is a subgroup of students who have been granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
The FAFSA is not required for undocumented students applying to UML. However, the FAFSA is required for students with DACA status in order to be receive the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship. A Social Security Number (SSN) is needed to complete the FAFSA. DACA recipients should select “No, I am not a citizen or eligible non-citizen” as a response to the “Are you a citizen?” question on the FAFSA.
The FAFSA is free to complete – be careful of any site that requires you to pay to complete this form.
At this time, undocumented students are not eligible. Most financial aid, including federal, state, and many institutional aid sources, requires recipients to be U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens. We encourage DACA and undocumented students to also look for private scholarship opportunities and/or loans.
For DACA status: Once a student has been granted DACA, he/she is eligible for:
UMass Lowell has two campus opportunities for you to search / apply for scholarships.
U.S. Department of Education - Fact sheet about undocumented students and financial aid.
Counseling services available for undocumented students.
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.
Immigration resources for DACA and Undocumented students.
Financial Aid and Scholarship information for Undocumented Students.
The nation’s largest college access and success program to help undocumented immigrant youth get access to a college education.
TheDream.US offers scholarships nationwide for students with DACA or Temporary Protected Status.
The Red Pine Scholars Program is dedicated to making college affordable for Massachusetts families and helping students reach their full potential.