Undocumented Students

Citizenship requirements vary between Aid Programs. Some aid programs include citizenship-based eligibility requirements while others do not. When exploring your aid options, review the eligibility requirements of each aid program to determine if that aid program requires U.S. citizenship status. Most merit-based scholarships do not include any citizenship-based eligibility requirements.  So, you should try to apply for merit-based scholarships.

Many other aid programs are only available to students who meet the Citizenship Requirements for the federal aid programs. Based on these 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, DACA and undocumented students who qualify for in-state tuition status are eligible to apply for MHEC's Guaranteed Access Grant​​s , Educational Assistance Grants, and Part-Time Grants.  Students with social security numbers (SSN) can apply by submitting a FAFSA.  MHEC is developing an alternate application form for students without an SSN. 

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 information about other MHEC programs, review  MHEC's listings.

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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