What is the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program?
On June 15, 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced the creation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Under this program, undocumented students who came to the United States as children and meet certain guidelines may request, through a formal process, to receive a two-year, renewable authorization to remain and work in the United States. In order to be eligible for consideration of deferred action, the individuals must prove, through verifiable documentation, that they meet the guidelines. Determinations will be made on a case-by-case basis under the guidelines. A high school diploma or GED is required for DACA. An Immigrant youth who has obtained benefits under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program may be referred to as “DACAmented.” It is important to note that DACA does not pave the way towards citizenship.
Applying to Tulane University
Tulane University encourages all students, regardless of citizenship status, to apply, including undocumented and DACA status applicants. College applications can be an intimidating process and we want you to know that we are here to help you along the way. Questions regarding applying to Tulane as an undocumented undergraduate student can be directed to Jeff Schiffman, Director of the Office of Admissions.
Questions regarding applying to Tulane as a graduate student can be directed to the specific department or program being considered. All admission and funding-related matters are handled individually by departments, programs, and schools, and can vary depending on the type of degree being considered. Contact one or more individuals with the title of Director of Graduate Studies, Program Coordinator, Chair, and/or Graduate Admission Officer in the relevant department.
Fields of Study
Please be aware that undocumented and DACAmented students may face barriers in completing certain programs of study. For example, programs that require a practicum or licensure may be restricted based on Louisiana law to U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Contact your advisor to discuss your possibilities.
Undocumented students and students in DACA status are not eligible for any state or federal financial aid and therefore do NOT need to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). However, certain undocumented students and students in DACA status may be eligible for Tulane or private financial aid, and so may need to complete other types of financial aid applications.
Tulane offers merit scholarships and/or need-based scholarships for certain incoming full-time undergraduates, and the latter DOES require the completion of a financial aid application - the College Scholarship Service (CSS) Profile application - along with required documentation.
Information regarding the financial aid application process and eligibility can be found on the Tulane University Office of Financial Aid website. Questions regarding financial aid application and eligibility can be directed to your personal financial aid counselor (assigned alphabetically) at the Office of Financial Aid.
Outside scholarship opportunities from entities outside of Tulane and non-federal private, alternative loan resources may also be available. See this list of resources for some of these opportunities:
Student Employment Opportunities
- DACAmented students are eligible for some non-work study student employment opportunities (not eligible for federal work-study positions). Please refer to the Student Employment website. Questions regarding student employment can be directed to Luis Behrhorst at the Office of Human Resources.
- Additionally, DACAmented students may be eligible for external, paid internships. However, it is important to note that some internships may have permanent residency or citizenship requirements, so be sure to check with the employer.
The following people are available to support you if you have questions or concerns while applying or after you arrive at Tulane:
John Harris Alexander
Juharah "Juju" Worku
Nicole Caridad Ralston
For more information regarding DACA:
- Although Tulane’s Office of International Students and Scholars works with students in F-1 or J-1 status, Tulane University does not offer legal advice regarding students’ immigration status or eligibility for DACA. Students are strongly encouraged to seek professional advice and/or counsel from an immigration specialist or attorney for all legal matters related to their immigration status.
- There have been numerous reports of DACA applicants paying large service fees to fraudulent individuals claiming to help with immigration services. The Department of Homeland Security has resources to help applicants avoid scams and find appropriate assistance.