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Know Your Rights
Source: Make the Road New York
Subject: Youth & School Programs
Type: Pubs & Reports

Scholarship Guide for Undocumented Students

Scholarships & Resources for Undocumented Students in New York

Undocumented students qualify for in­state tuition if they have attended a New York State high school for 2 or more years and graduated OR if they received a GED from an approved program. Undocumented students must apply to college within five years of obtaining their high school diploma or their GED in order to qualify for in­state tuition.

Yet, with the rising costs of college, in­state tuition has become increasingly difficult to afford. This document provides a list of scholarships that undocumented students (who do not have a Social Security Number) can apply for.

Please be mindful that scholarship deadlines and requirements can change every year! In this document you will find links to the direct websites, when looking for scholarships be sure to check the deadlines often! Also please be sure to double­check the scholarship website to ensure that you have all of the necessary documents in your application.

If you are unsure if you meet the criteria of a scholarship, contact the organization directly and ask! Remember: never pay to apply for a scholarship. Look out for scholarship scams. Some of the scholarships provided below are open nationally and other are specific to New York State/ CUNY universities.

New scholarships often arise, look out for updated versions of this document. If you find a scholarship that is not on this document send them our way!

IMPORTANT:​DACA recipients are eligible to apply for scholarships that require a Social Security Number.

*This document was made by consulting MALDEF’s Scholarship Guide, E4FC Resource guide, scholarship information from undocumented youth led organizations, and online research.

LAST UPDATE: 01/7/16