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Five Things Undocumented Students Should Know About College
A quick guide to help you know your college options
If you're an undocumented student wondering about your college prospects, here are some things to know as you apply for admissions and search for financing.
- You can go to college, but you will have to do some searching. Some states allow undocumented students to apply to college. If you have a college in mind, contact the admissions or registrar's office and find out the school's policy with regard to admitting undocumented students. Or you could browse the school's website to learn its requirements.
- You can get help to pay for college. You cannot get federal aid for college, but you may be able to receive state aid in certain states. You also might qualify for in-state tuition. Again, it's best to contact the school you're interested in, and talk with a financial aid officer about tuition rates for undocumented students. Note that there are scholarships available specifically for undocumented students or are not residency based. The easiest way to find them is by searching online.
- You've lived in Texas for three years before receiving your high school diploma or GED.
- You affirm that you will apply for permanent residence at your nearest opportunity.
- If you don't go to college immediately after high school, you must live in Texas at least one year before enrolling in college.
- Visit Financial Aid for Undocumented Students to download and complete the TASFA.