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Immigration Students Success
Everyone is welcome
We provide resources here to assist undocumented students, both non-DACA and DACA recipients, in achieving their college success goals. We hope that by providing assistance and resources on this website, you will be able to understand your rights and prosper in your educational path, regardless of your citizenship status.
Any student of New York State, regardless of citizenship status, will be reviewed as a domestic student and will also receive the in-state tuition with supporting state residency documentation.
Information Session on TheDream.US Scholarship at CUNY and SUNY
The application is now open !Learn helpful tips on submitting CUNY and SUNY admission applications and accessing in-state tuition. TheDream.US is the nation’s largest college and career success program for undocumented immigrant students, having provided more than 8,750 college scholarships to undocumented students attending over 80 Partner Colleges in 21 states and Washington, DC. Students can receive up to $39,000 for tuition, fees, books, and supplies for a bachelor’s degree. Deadline to apply is February 28, 2023.
Private Donor Scholarships/College Foundations
CUNY Scholarships for Dreamers
CUNY – TheDREAM.US Scholarship (DACA or TPS Students). The scholarship provides up to $29,000 to first-time college students who intend to enroll in a CUNY college and community college graduates who want to earn a bachelor’s degree. The award is renewable each year – you simply have to meet the continuing eligibility criteria.
Senator Jose Peralta New York State DREAM Act – The DREAM Act opens the doors of higher education to thousands of undocumented and other students, providing access to the new Excelsior Scholarship, the Tuition Assistance Program, as well as other state‐administered scholarships that were not previously available to them.
LULF – Scholarships for DREAMERS. Educational scholarships are awarded to scholars ranging from $500 to $1000 pursuing undergraduate four-year college, and graduate students. Applicants pursuing graduate degrees in medicine (M.D., O.D., R.N., etc.), law (J.D., LL.M, etc.) or business (M.B.A. or B.B.A.) are not eligible for LULF scholarships.
External Scholarship Opportunities
Point Foundation College Scholarships For LGBT Students
Who is eligible: Current or incoming college student, including graduate and post-graduate work, excludes current community college students; no citizenship requirements; history of leadership and/or allyship in issues that affect the LGBT/Queer community; must be “out” as a person who identifies as a member of the LGBTQ community; must plan to continue this leadership/allyship in the future.
What you get: Average scholarship award per scholar is $10,000 for up to four years
Scholarship America Dream Award
Who is eligible: Be a sophomore year level or higher during the academic year (this is what the website says: “Students who have completed at least a year of college”. You may want to consider editing); be U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents (holders of a Permanent Resident Card), or individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA), have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent), and demonstrate financial need.
What you get: Between $5,000 and $15,000 annually, growing by $1,000 each year until graduation
Shui Kuen And Allen Chin Scholarship
Who is eligible: Incoming freshman or current, full-time undergraduate at a four-year college or university, have parent or self currently or formerly employed at an Asian-owned or Asian cuisine restaurant, demonstrate community advocacy and social justice work on behalf of Asian American, immigrant, gay and lesbian and/or other progressive causes, have a minimum 3.0 GPA and have financial need; no citizenship status requirement
What you get: $1,000
Ascend Educational Fund
Who is eligible: This scholarship is open to New York City students who are either immigrants or have parents who are immigrants, regardless of their status; must be a graduating senior at a high school in the five boroughs of New York City. The application requires two essays and letters of recommendation.
What you get: The award, which ranges from $2,500 to $20,000 will be distributed equally over a two-year or four-year period
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Who is eligible: Students must be Graduating high school seniors, undergraduate students, or graduate students; must be of Hispanic heritage; be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or DACA recipient; meet minimum GPA requirements
What you get: Scholarship awards range from $500-$5,000 and awarded directly to students
Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund
Who is eligible: The need-based scholarship aids people who are “active in movements for social and economic justice.” Students do not have to be US citizens to be eligible for the scholarship. Applicants must have participated in activities in the US, and there is a strong preference for applicants who plan on working in this country
What you get: Maximum grant available from the Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund is $15,000 per year (from July 1 through June 30)
Baruch students through participation in 120+ active student organizations are provided opportunities for support and growth. In line with CUNY’s commitment to support all students, organizations also provide support for Undocumented/DACA/Dreamers. Below are 2 organizations dedicated to working with this population:
- The Dream Team
- International Student Organization
Baruch Dream Scholars
Current undocumented and DACA students have various opportunities on campus to become involved. One particular program that they are able to join is Team Baruch, as a way to create and enhance their leadership skills. Career advisors work directly with students, pending each individual’s case, to acquire unpaid and academic credit internships.
Life after Baruch for undocumented students and DACA students will vary. DACA recipients with valid work authorizations are able to pursue job opportunities. The majority of the Dreamer student population, undocumented or DACA recipient, will pursue graduate school or create their own consultant firms.
GoinGlobal is a service aimed at finding Baruch students and alumni the perfect internship or job. They provide resources for your domestic or international job search.
Baruch’s Counseling Center provides a specialized student group “First-Generation College Students.” (All group titles and meetings are vague, including no-record of a student’s legal status/kept private in case of subpoena)
The Counseling Center is one of several units within the Division of Student Affairs at Baruch College. We offer individual and group counseling to the Baruch community. Our services are all confidential and free of charge. Visits are by appointment only. Students in crisis may come in during office hours for assessment.
To schedule an appointment, please call the counseling center during the regular business hours, email, or submit an online appointment request form.
DACA Lives On!
March 6, 2018
The DACA program was scheduled to end as of March 5, but federal courts have ordered that the program continue. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, compelled by federal court order, is granting two-year DACA renewals. Those who lost DACA can apply for two-year reinstatements. Individuals who never had DACA still cannot apply.
- If your previous DACA expired on or after September 5th 2016 or is expiring within the next 180 days, file your DACA request as a renewal request
- If your previous DACA expired before September 5th 2016, or terminated at any time, you can file a new DACA application
- DACA applicants/recipients will NOT be allowed to file for Advance Parole
Get Legal Help
DACA recipients may be eligible for another immigration option to get a work permit or even a green card. Talk to an authorized immigration services provider to understand your legal options.
For CUNY Students, Faculty and Staff please contact CUNY Citizenship Now! at 212-652-2071 or email them your questions at email@example.com.
Get Help Paying Your DACA Fees
- New Economy Project (New York City residents only)
DACA and Other Resources
- Warning about getting legal help
- Warning about criminal history
- Where to get help from CUNY Citizenship Now!
- FAQ’s: DACA and your workplace rights
- The Dream.US scholarship
- Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Renewal- January, 2018
- La Acción Diferida para quienes llegaron en la infancia (DACA)- Enero, 2018
CUNY Citizenship Now! – http://www1.cuny.edu/sites/citizenship-now/services/daca/
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Association of the Bar Referral Panel
The Referral Panel consists of lawyers screened for their expertise in a particular field. Panel lawyers charge $25 for a 30 minute consultation. Potential clients call the Panel number, explain what type of case they are calling about and then are referred to a panel member
* This document lists immigration law attorneys with experience representing college faculty. The City University of New York (CUNY) Baruch College maintains no interests in any of the firms listed and neither endorses or otherwise ranks any of the firms provided herein and is not responsible for the quality nor the cost of services provided by the attorneys.
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