This information is provided to help prospective and current undocumented students
to be successful at Towson University. It’s also designed to educate members of the
TU community about key terms and issues that affect our undocumented and “DACAmented”
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DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program protects eligible immigrant
youth who came to the United States when they were children from deportation. DACA
students can temporarily qualify for in-state tuition if they submit the approval
notification of their Deferred Action status (I-797, notice of action) to University
Admissions prior to the start of the term. Deferred Action status must be held for
12 consecutive months prior to the start of the term to be eligible for in-state tuition
rates. If this status is not held for 12 months, students should submit their application
receipt to assist with establishing 12 months. For more information, please call 410-704-2113
or email AdmissionsResidency AT_TOWSON.
Applying for DACA and renewal requirements
View information about how to apply for DACA and DACA renewal from the Department of Homeland Security. You can apply for your DACA renewal 150
to 120 days prior to the expiration date. If you apply for renewal in this time range,
you should receive an approval notice and new work permit before your current one
Undocumented Students—Maryland Dream Act
The Maryland Dream Act provides graduates of Maryland high schools who are undocumented
immigrants the opportunity to pay in-state tuition rates. Students must meet certain
requirements. To review the requirements and apply for Dream Act status, please complete
the Dream Application (PDF). Submit completed application to University Admissions prior to the start of the
term. For more information, please call 410-704-2113 or email AdmissionsResidency AT_TOWSON.
Aid for Undocumented Students
The FAFSA is used primarily to apply for federal aid, including federal student loans,
state aid, and need-based institutional aid. Undocumented students, including DACA
and Dream Act students, are not eligible to receive federal aid, grants or scholarships
from the Maryland Higher Education Commission, or need-based grants from Towson University.
Information about other aid options for undocumented students is available from TU’s Financial Aid Office.
Resources for Undocumented Students
If you have additional questions, please contact the Center for Student Diversity,
diversityworks AT_TOWSON or Alexa Bell in University Admissions, bell AT_TOWSON.