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Supporting DACA and Undocumented Students

Resources for DACA and undocumented students

As one of Wisconsin’s most diverse colleges, Alverno embraces, fosters and celebrates the power of inclusivity, underpinned by our heritage as a Catholic, Franciscan college. We have an inherent belief in the worth and dignity of all human beings.  

In January 2017, Alverno President Andrea Lee, IHM, repledged her commitment to support the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and undocumented immigrant students. In November 2016, she joined more than 600 public and private college and university leaders in signing a statement supporting these students. Alverno is committed to supporting DACA and undocumented students through the unique challenges they face. 


  • The College will not share immigration status information with authorities unless compelled to do so as a result of a warrant. 
  • College faculty and staff, including campus security officers, do not inquire about or record students' immigration status while performing their responsibilities. 
  • The College will continue to admit and award financial aid to DACA and undocumented students.  

Admissions and financial aid process for DACA and undocumented students

Undocumented students, including DACA recipients, are not eligible for federal financial aid, so you do not need to file the federal FAFSA. However, once your application is complete, you are eligible for college aid. An Alverno admissions counselor will contact you to discuss your eligibility for Alverno merit scholarships and grants. No financial paperwork is necessary for this aid.

Your admissions counselor will work with you to determine the best financial path for your individual situation.

FAQs for DACA and undocumented students

  • Q: As an undocumented or DACA student, am I eligible to work on campus?
    A: DACA students are eligible to work on campus. Undocumented students are not.

  • Q: Are undocumented or DACA students eligible to major in any degree program?
    A: Yes. However, Nursing and Education students are subject to background checks when applying for clinicals or student teaching positions. This could especially impact undocumented students.
  • Q: If my parents are undocumented, but I am an American citizen, am I eligible for federal aid?
    A: Yes. Your parents’ immigration status does not affect your eligibility for federal student aid. The FAFSA doesn’t ask your parents’ status. But your parents will need to provide their Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, or ITIN.
  • Q: Are there any other scholarships for which I qualify?
    A: Yes. High school students are eligible to apply for Alverno's Eleanor Roosevelt Scholarship, a four-year, full-tuition scholarship awarded each year to a student who demonstrates leadership. We also encourage you to use the app “DACA Scholars” to find other scholarships.

For additional support