Our statement of support
In this time of uncertainty surrounding immigration in our country, we want to reinforce the university’s support and advocacy for the many undocumented or DACA students who attend, or hope to attend, the University of Michigan. The university is committed to continuing its need-based grant funding for undocumented students. Consistent with federal and state law, DACA students and those without proof of citizenship are welcome to seek admission and enrollment at U-M. We embrace the words of support from U-M President Mark Schlissel: “You make us a stronger university and enrich our community and nation by your many talents, hard work, and the diverse perspectives and life experiences you bring to campus.”
Dr. Kedra Ishop, Vice Provost for Enrollment Management
The University of Michigan encourages the application and enrollment of undocumented students who are academically excellent and accomplished in extracurricular endeavors.
Applying to attend U-M:
You may complete either the Common Application for Undergraduate College Admission or the Coalition Application for Access, Affordability and Success (only complete one, not both). 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 Undergraduate Admissions Resource Guide for DACA and Undocumented Students on the Office of Undergraduate Admissions website for more information and details.
Graduate students should contact Rackham Graduate School or your specific school of 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" page on the Rackham Graduate School website.
In-state tuition questions:
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 28 months of high school. For information, visit www.ro.umich.edu/resreg.php.
Financial aid and assistance:
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, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our office 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 page or the "5 Steps to Scholarships" page to search for private funding opportunities. Each listing has separate criteria for individual scholarships. Check for opportunities that may be available through your admitting school or college. In addition, the FinAid.org website offers background, resources and other information for undocumented students.
- U-M students enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) considering studying abroad should review the information at this link on the Global Michigan website for latest updates. The most updated information from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services can be found here: https://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/consideration-deferred-action-childhood-arrivals-daca.
- National Immigration Law Center Access to Higher Education Toolkit: www.nilc.org/eduaccesstoolkit.html
- Immigration Policy Center (American Immigration Council) DACA Resource page: www.immigrationpolicy.org/just-facts/deferred-action-childhood-arrivals-resource-page
- Immigration Policy Center (American Immigration Council) DACA FAQs: www.immigrationpolicy.org/just-facts/economic-and-political-imipact-immigrants-latinos-and-asians-state-state
- Community College Consortium for Immigrant Education reports on undocumented students and the DREAM Act: www.cccie.org/immigration-and-education-resources/reports
- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (DACA guidelines and filing process): www.uscis.gov/childhoodarrivals
- White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics www.ed.gov/HispanicInitiative
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 LS&A Building, 500 S. State St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Tel: (734) 764-1400
Monique Washington, Director of Graduate School Admissions
Rackham Graduate School
1020 Rackham Bldg., 915 E. Washington St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1070
Tel: (734) 647-8017
Hector Galvan, Program Manager
U-M Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives
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