Each year, several thousand undocumented students graduate high school, many of whom have lived in the United States since childhood. This page includes resources for counselors advising these students on their path to a postsecondary degree.
On June 15, 2012, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it would not deport certain undocumented youth who came to the US as children. Under a directive from the DHS secretary, these youth may be granted a type of temporary permission to stay in the US. called “deferred action.” The Obama administration called this program Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.
President Donald Trump said during the 2016 campaign that he would rescind the Department of Homeland Security memo that authorizes the DACA program. It is unclear if and when he will do this, nor do we know what Trump administration officials might do with the information DACA applicants submitted on their applications.
NACAC encourages you to speak with an immigration attorney or a Board of Immigration Appeals–accredited representative if you are working with a student or group of students who may be undocumented and concerned about their future.
See below for more resources, or visit the following sites:
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ED's Resource Guide: Supporting Undocumented Youth
This guide from the U.S. Department of Education provides information on DACA eligibility, state college admission and tuition policies, private scholarships, education records, and more for schools, counselors, educators, and others.Read More
IACAC's College Advising Guide- Undocumented Students
This web-based resource is designed to provide assistance to high school counselors and other individuals who work with undocumented students around college admission.Visit the Site
Advising Undocumented Students: FAQ for Counselors (Members only)
List of Frequently Asked Questions for college counselors advising undocumented students.Download the pdf
Federal Student Aid's Q&A: Advising Undocumented Students
This resource provides information on the financial aid process for undocumented students.Download the pdf
Top 10 Ways to Support Undocumented Students by E4FC
This pdf provides a quick list of tips for educators and school administrators who work closely with and are interested in better supporting undocumented students.Download the pdf