Financial Resources

Paying for college

We will counsel DACA students about and connect DACA students to available resources for educational and living expenses for which they are legally eligible.

Read an article about paying for college as a DACA student.

The residency status for DACA students is evaluated individually and takes into account all applicable laws.


There are a variety of scholarships for immigrant students regardless of their immigration status. Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC) offers an extensive list of these opportunities.

You can see additional Indiana-specific and national scholarships for DACA students below.


DACA recipients have valid work authorization for the period of their permit. This means you are able to work in the U.S. for any employer, both on and off campus. However, undocumented students who are not eligible for DACA cannot accept employment in the U.S.

Certain professional certifications and licensures may require lawful immigration status or background checks in the U.S. Thus, depending on the field of study, obtaining final certification or license may be problematic for DACA or undocumented students. It is best to contact the specific certification authority to check certification requirements when thinking about career options.

The following articles and documents can help you understand your employment rights under DACA.