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Undocumented & DACAmented Student Resources

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Each year an estimated 65,000 undocumented students graduate from high schools across the United States.  Approximately 5 to 10 percent of these students enroll in college or university. Of these undocumented students who are enrolled in college, only 1 to 3 percent graduate each year.  In spite of experiencing considerable challenges related to admissions, tuition and financial aid, undocumented and DACAmented students persist and succeed.
Undocumented and DACAmented students are valued members of the Texas State University community. Our goal is raise awareness about the experiences, support services, and need for safe spaces for undocumented and DACAmented students  at Texas State.  Below is information on ways to get involved and stay informed. 
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Who is an undocumented person?

Undocumented persons are immigrants who entered the United States without inspection or overstayed their visas & are present in the United States with or without their parents. They face unique legal uncertainties and limitations within the U.S. educational system.

What is DACA? -- Who is a DACAmented person?

On June 15, 2012, President Obama created a new policy calling for deferred action for certain undocumented young people who came to the U.S. as children. Applications under the program which is called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) began on August 15, 2012.

Eligibility Requirements for Applicants

You may request consideration of DACA if you:

  • Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012;
  • Came to the United States before reaching age 16;*
  • Have lived in the United States continuously since June 15, 2007;
  • Entered without inspection before June 15, 2012, or your immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012;
  • Were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of submitting your DACA application;
  • Are currently attending school, have a high school degree or general education development (GED) certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces; and
  • Have not been convicted of certain crimes.

*NOTE ABOUT THE AGE REQUIREMENT: Applicants have to be at least 15 years old to apply for DACA unless they are an immigration court or under an order to depart the country.  


Who is a DACAmented person?

A DACAmented person is one who has been granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

Get connected! 

Student Community of Progressive Empowerment

Student Community of Progressive Empowerment - SCOPE

SCOPE is a registered student organization that was founded in 2014 with the sole purpose of supporting and serving undocumented and DACAmented students.  It is the first of its kind at and in the history of Texas State.   SCOPE serves as a safe space that protects and empowers undocumented or DACAmented (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) students. This community is student led and driven. 

Visit SCOPE Webpage


Monthly Newsletter

Join the monthly letter distribution list to get updates on upcoming events, programs, webinars or opportunities. Monthly newsletters will be shared the first Monday of each month.

Training to become a Proud Supporter of Dreamers of Texas State

Proud Supporter of Dreamers of Texas State

Interested in becoming an Official and Proud Supporter of Bobcat DREAMers?

Faculty, staff and students interested in becoming an Official and Proud Supporter of  undocumented and DACAmented students can participate and complete the In Limbo: Dilemmas Faced by Undocumented & DACAmented Students.  This training provides an overview of undocumented and DACAmented students including issues related to undocumented and DACAmented status, experiences on college campuses, and admission and financial aid.
Dreamers Safe Office Program

Dreamers Safe Office Program

Departments and offices that are designated Dreamer Safe Offices when 50% or more of all full-time employees (FTE) have completed the In Limbo: Dilemmas Faced by Undocumented & DACAmented Students.  A Dreamer Safe Office ensures that undocumented and DACAmented students receive timely services and resources.

The Dreamers Safe Office Program and In Limbo Workshop are collaborative efforts between SCOPE, Honors College and the Office of Student Diversity & Inclusion.

Are undocumented students eligible for state financial aid?

Yes, but only in California, New Mexico, Texas and Washington.

Are undocumented students eligible for in-state tuition?

Yes, undocumented students may be eligible for in-state tuition in the following states: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas, Utah and Washington.

Are DACAmented students eligible for in-state tuition?

Yes, DACAmented students are eligible for in-state tuition in the states mentioned above and in some schools in Arizona, Florida, Massachusetts, Missouri and Ohio.

Student Organizations at Neighboring Colleges/Universities 

Affiliations in Texas

Lamar University


Texas A & M University


University of Houston

University of North Texas


University of Texas - Austin


University of Texas - Pan American

Additional National Organizations

American Immigration Lawyers Association - National association of attorneys and law professors who practice and teach immigration law.

Avvo - Avvo has ratings, reviews, and disciplinary records for lawyers in every state. Get free legal advice, find the right lawyer, and make informed legal decisions.

Bernardo Kohler Center - Their mission is to attain safety, respect, and justice for abused, abandoned, neglected juveniles, victims of crime, human trafficking victims, and asylum seekers by providing legal, social, and educational services.

Catholic Charities: Archdiocese of San Antonio, Inc. - Provides 23 bilingual and culturally sensitive programs in 19 counties that empower individuals and families in our community to become self-sufficient.  Offers Anti-Trafficking Program, Immigration Services, and Refugee Services.  Only represents clients in San Antonio Immigration Court.

College Board - The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity.

DREAM Act - Did not pass. The DREAM Act is a bipartisan legislation ‒ pioneered by Senator Orin Hatch [R-UT] and Senator Richard Durbin [D-IL] ‒ that can solve this hemorrhaging injustice in our society. Under the rigorous provisions of the DREAM Act, qualifying undocumented youth would be eligible for a 6 year long conditional path to citizenship that requires completion of a college degree or two years of military service.

Immigration Clinic - University of Texas School of Law - The clinic works closely with DREAMers (undocumented young people) as well and has organized large-scale workshops to assist with applications for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).  Will represent aliens in Asylum cases. Clinic is closed from May 1 until September 1.

Immigration & Human Rights Clinic, Center for Legal and Social Justice - The Immigration and Human Rights Clinic introduces students to the practice of law through the supervised representation of low-income immigrants and refugees in proceedings before Immigration Courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and federal courts.

Immigration Policy Center - The Immigration Policy Center (IPC) is the research and policy arm of the American Immigration Council. IPC's mission is to shape a rational conversation on immigration and immigrant integration. Through its research and analysis, IPC provides policymakers, the media, and the general public with accurate information about the role of immigrants and immigration policy in U.S. society. IPC reports and materials are widely disseminated and relied upon by press and policy makers. IPC staff regularly serves as experts to leaders on Capitol Hill, opinion-makers and the media. IPC, formed in 2003 is a non-partisan organization that neither supports nor opposes any political party or candidate for office.

Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) - MALDEF strives to implement programs that are structured to bring Latinos into the mainstream of American political and socio-economic life; providing better educational opportunities; encouraging participation in all aspects of society; and offering a positive vision for the future. Unique to MALDEF is an approach that combines advocacy, educational outreach, and litigation strategies to achieve socio-economic change.

Refugee & Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) - RAICES has a dedicated team of attorneys, accredited representatives, and legal assistants, in addition to volunteers, student interns and partnering pro bono attorneys.

Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid, Inc. - Non-profit organizations that provides free legal services to the residents of Southwest Texas who are unable to afford the fees of attorneys in private practice.  In eight of the counties, TRLA provides representation in criminal cases through its Public Defender Division. TRLA serves migrant and seasonal farm workers throughout the Texas (includes Austin and San Antonio) and more states. Will represent Legal Permanent Residents, US citizens, and U-Visa or T-Visa applicants.

Lawyer Referral Service of Central Texas -  Austin Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) of Central Texas, Inc., is a nonprofit service that was established in 1966. The program was designed to assist people who may not understand the legal system and who worry about the potential costs of seeing a lawyer.

Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas - Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas (VLS) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that provides civil legal services to low-income people through attorney volunteers in Travis County. Our attorneys help people with critical matters, such as helping victims of abuse end violent relationships, connecting persons with disabilities with medical and financial benefits, and keeping people out of homelessness by defending against wrongful evictions and foreclosures.

Featured Organization 

Consulate General of Mexico

Consulate General of Mexico

Conducts foreign policy of Mexico through dialogue, cooperation, promotion of the country and care for Mexicans abroad and coordinate international action by the Government of the Republic of Mexico.  Consular officers are trained to offer legal advice and guidance on areas mainly criminal, immigration, labor, civil and administrative . Furthermore, it has agreements with specialized lawyers and legal organizations that contribute to the work of the Department of Protection to provide advice and guidance to Mexicans who require it.

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