Financial Aid for Undocumented and DACA Students

All references on this page to undocumented students include students with DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) status.

Undocumented students, including DACA students, are NOT eligible for federal financial aid (including the Federal Pell Grant), but may be eligible for other types of aid through the following sources.

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Oregon Financial Aid Opportunities

Undocumented students in Oregon may be eligible for the following state financial aid programs, as long as they meet all other program requirements.

Oregon Opportunity Grant

Undocumented students can apply by submitting the Oregon Student Aid Application (ORSAA) as soon as possible after October 1See additional eligibility requirements below.

Oregon Promise Grant

Undocumented students can apply by completing the ORSAA and submitting an Oregon Promise application in the OSAC Student Portal. The application deadline depends on the student's graduation date.

OSAC Scholarships

Certain scholarships, including those offered by Oregon Community Foundation and The Ford Family Foundation, are available to undocumented students. See additional eligibility requirements below.

Undocumented students can apply by completing the ORSAA and submitting an OSAC Scholarship application in the OSAC Student Portal. The application deadline is March 1 each year.

Oregon Student Aid Application (ORSAA)

As part of the application process for the above programs, undocumented students must complete the Oregon Student Aid Application (ORSAA). OSAC uses information from the ORSAA to calculate students’ financial need and award eligibility for grants and scholarships. The ORSAA is a confidential application that is used solely to qualify students for financial aid in Oregon. If you need help with the ORSAA, please call (800) 452-8807 or email ORSAAHelp@hecc.oregon.gov.

In-State Tuition

Undocumented students may be eligible for in-state tuition rates at public universities as long as they meet the additional eligibility requirements listed below. To apply, undocumented students must either:

  • Complete an Affidavit and Request for Exemption from Nonresident Tuition and Fees, available at the Admissions Office of each Oregon public university; OR
  • Submit an official copy of application for registration with a federal immigration program or federal deportation deferral program.

Additional Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for in-state tuition as well as the Oregon Opportunity Grant and The Ford Family Foundation Scholarships, undocumented students must meet all of the following tuition equity requirements:

  • Student attended an elementary or secondary/high school in Oregon during all three years immediately prior to earning a high school diploma or leaving school before earning a diploma.
  • Student attended an elementary or secondary/high school in the United States for at least five years immediately prior to earning a high school diploma or leaving school before earning a diploma.
  • Student received a high school diploma or GED in Oregon.
  • Student certifies intention to become a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident.

Financial Aid at the College

Undocumented students may be eligible for financial aid at the college level. Students should check with the college’s financial aid office to see what types of financial aid they may be eligible for and how to apply.

Colleges may request that DACA students also complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) (in addition to the ORSAA) to determine eligibility for aid at the college level. Talk to your college to learn more.

ORSAA Tip Sheets & Videos

ORSAA Tip Sheets (English) (Español)
This 3-page PDF will guide you through the ORSAA process and how to apply for other financial aid in Oregon.

5 Tips to Complete the ORSAA - Videos

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More Resources

Oregon Goes to College

Hosted by Oregon GEAR UP, this website has quality information to help undocumented students prepare and pay for college. Available in Spanish and English.

TheDream.US

The nation’s largest college access and success program to help undocumented immigrant youth get access to a college education. TheDream.US offers scholarships nationwide for students with DACA or Temporary Protected Status. Their partner colleges – including Eastern Oregon University and Western Oregon University – are committed to serving and graduating DACA students.

DACAmented/Undocumented Toolkit

This resource from the Oregon Department of Education is available (in English and Spanish) to help schools and districts in Oregon create, maintain, and nurture an equitable, inclusive, and welcoming environment for all students, families, and employees in Oregon’s schools.  The toolkit includes information on access to higher education for undocumented and DACA students.

Federal Information

Although federal financial aid – including the Federal Pell Grant – is not available to undocumented and DACA students, Federal Student Aid provides additional information for non-citizens and undocumented students: