The University of Michigan welcomes the application and enrollment of undocumented students who are academically excellent and accomplished in extracurricular endeavors.
Applying to Attend U-MTop
Complete the Common Application. If you do not have a Social Security Number, leave the field on the application blank. If you are interested in applying to U-M, please see the DACA and Undocumented Student Guide for more information and details.
Graduate students should contact Rackham Graduate School or their specific school or college for information about admission and financial assistance. Are you a graduate student who is undocumented or qualifies for a DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival) status? See frequently asked questions and the "Undocumented and DACAmented Students" webpage on the Rackham Graduate School website.
In-state Tuition QuestionsTop
Detailed guidelines for qualifying for in-state tuition are available from the U-M Office of the Registrar. These guidelines provide an alternative test for establishing in-state tuition eligibility based on attendance at Michigan high schools and Michigan middle or junior high schools, and matriculation at the university within 40 months of high school. For information, visit the Office of the Registrar's Residency webpage.
Financial Aid and AssistanceTop
Most financial aid, including federal, state, and many institutional aid sources, requires recipients to be U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens. There is limited U-M need-based financial aid for undergraduate undocumented students who qualify for in-state tuition at U-M. Please contact the U-M Office of Financial Aid and we will assist you with the application process. Call 734-763-6600 or email Kristin Bhaumik (associate director) at email@example.com for help.
For more information about eligible non-citizens, visit the U.S. Dept. of Education Federal Student Aid website.
If a student is a U.S. citizen but one or more parents are undocumented, contact the Office of Financial Aid to discuss your specific situation.
You may wish to visit the "Scholarship Resources for Undocumented Students" section located at the bottom of this webpage, or visit the 5 Steps to Scholarships webpage to search for private funding opportunities. Look for opportunities that may be available through your admitting school or college. In addition, the FinAid website offers background, resources, and other information for undocumented students.
Web Resource ListTop
- University of Michigan Undocumented Students website
- U-M students enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) considering studying abroad should review the information on the Global Michigan website for latest updates. Visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website for the most up-to-date information.
- National Immigration Law Center Access to Higher Education Toolkit
- Immigration Policy Center (American Immigration Council) DACA FAQs
- Community College Consortium for Immigrant Education reports on undocumented students and the DREAM Act
- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (DACA guidelines and filing process)
- White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics
Key U-M Contacts for Undocumented StudentsTop
Following are key contacts in these areas at U-M. Contact us if we can answer additional questions:
Janet Cruz, Residency Classification Coordinator
U-M Office of the Registrar, Residency Classification Office
1210 LSA Building, 500 S. State St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Erica L. Sanders, Assistant Vice Provost and Executive Director of Undergraduate Admissions
U-M Office of Undergraduate Admissions
1220 Student Activities Bldg., 515 E. Jefferson St.
Monique Washington, Director of Graduate School Admissions
Rackham Graduate School
1020 Rackham Bldg., 915 E. Washington St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1070
Kristin Bhaumik, Associate Director
U-M Office of Financial Aid
2500 Student Activities Bldg., 515 E. Jefferson St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Hector Galvan, Program Manager
U-M Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives
Special messages from the university:
- Executive order update from the U-M International Center (Jan. 29, 2017)
- A statement of support for DACA and the Bridge Act (Jan. 28, 2017)
Scholarships for Undocumented StudentsTop
Following are several online resources for undocumented students considering college. This is not a complete list, but offers several resources for students searching for scholarship assistance:
- Immigrants Rising Scholarships
- Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities travel award
- Hispanic Scholarship Fund
- MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund)
- Minnesota Office of Higher Education