Applying to the University of Arizona as a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) student
The UA defines DACA/Dreamer Applicants as:
- Non-US citizens currently in the United States who do not hold an immigration or student visa
- Individuals not defined as a permanent resident, asylee, or refugee
- Brought to the US by parents or other relatives and were under age 16 at the time of arrival
- May or may not have filed DACA paperwork with the US Government
Applying to the UA
- Students who meet all of the above criteria should apply to the University of Arizona through the online portal or by requesting a mailed application.
- At Step 2 of the application, Citizenship Information, DACA/Dreamer applicants should answer the question "Are you a US Citizen?" with a “No” response. Following that selection of “No”, the following will appear: "Are you a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) or Dreamer student?". DACA/Dreamer applicants should select “Yes” to this question.
- The applicant should complete all remaining sections of the application accurately to their experience and can leave the Social Security blank if needed.
- DACA/Dreamer students are not eligible for federal financial aid.
- Currently, DACA/Dreamer students are not eligible for institutional merit awards or state-based aid.
Establishing residency for tuition*
- Upon admission to the University of Arizona, DACA/Dreamer students who self-report Arizona residency in the application will need to complete the Statement of Residency Classification in the Next Steps Center.
- All DACA students with an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) will need to complete the Domicile Affidavit Form.
Complete the Domicile Affidavit Form
- Then, submit the Domicile Affidavit Form along with a copy of the EAD to the Residency Classification department via email or submitting it to their campus location in order to complete the Verification of Lawful Presence for tuition purposes.
The University of Arizona
Modern Languages Building, Room 347
Tuition and fees information*
- DACA students who complete the Verification of Lawful Presence and who meet residency requirements for Arizona students are eligible for in-state tuition.
- DACA students who complete the Verification of Lawful Presence but do not meet the residency requirements for Arizona students will be charged non-resident tuition.
- Dreamer students who cannot complete the Verification of Lawful Presence via the process outlined above will be charged non-resident tuition.
*All of this information is subject to change.