Undocumented Students

Citizenship requirements vary between Aid Programs. Some aid programs have citizenship requirements, but others do not. When exploring aid programs, review the eligibility requirements of each aid program to determine if it requires U.S. citizenship status. Search for merit-based scholarships because most scholarships don't have any citizenship requirements. 

Many other aid programs are only available to students who meet the federal aid program Citizenship Requirements. Based on these federal requirements, international, undocumented, and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students are not eligible to receive federal grants, federal student or parent loans, or need-based grants from TU.

MHEC Aid Programs

The citizenship requirements vary for aid programs from the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC).  Starting with the Fall 2019 semester, non-citizens who qualify for in-state tuition via the Dream Act and DACA provisions in Maryland's tuition residency requirements are eligible to apply for the following MHEC aid programs, but must still meet all application deadlines and other requirements.  

To apply for MHEC's Guaranteed Access Grant​​s, Educational Assistance Grants, Part-Time Grants, and the Richard Collins Leadership Scholarship, login into the MDCAPS system and complete the new Maryland State Financial Aid Application (MASFAA).  Students with social security numbers (SSN) can also apply for these MHEC grant programs by submitting a FAFSA. 

Grant Deadlines:  To apply for these MHEC grant programs, you must submit your MASFAA or FASFAA by March 1, 2019.

Students may also apply for MHEC's Cybersecurity Public Service Scholarship.

For MHEC's Delegate Scholarship, each delegate defines his/her own selection criteria.

Students must be legal residents of the US and MD for the following MHEC programs: 

For more MHEC information review MHEC's aid programs.

In-state Tuition Status Options

Two different University System of Maryland tuition residency policies help many undocumented students qualify for in-state tuition rates.  The first policy is the Maryland Dream Act which applies to many different types of undocumented students.  The second policy only applies to students who were granted DACA status through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  For more information on both programs, see tuition residency requirements.

Additional Guidance on Aid Options

Scholarship Resources


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