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North Carolina does not currently grant undocumented or DACAmented students in-state tuition. Undocumented students applying for admission to UNC are considered international students and are ineligible for federal financial aid. Listed below is information on private scholarships and fellowships available to anyone regardless of legal status.


So Good Pupusas: offer two (2) one-thousand dollar scholarships ($1,000) to undocumented high school seniors. This scholarship can be renewed every year following, eligibility requirements are met

Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowships: fellowship that offers undergraduates in their senior year and other students working towards doctoral degrees $24,000 a year for a period of three years (open to DACA recipients)

Paul & Daisy Soros for New Americans: $90,000 merit-based fellowship for immigrants and children of immigrants who are pursuing graduate school in the United States; open to DACA recipients

Latino Community Credit Union “Dreamer” Loans: low-interest loans for students applying or renewing DACA

Golden Door Scholars: provides scholarships for DACA recipients and undocumented students. Students may be high school seniors or recent graduates. Preference given to high school graduates from states that require students to pay out-of-state tuition

The Dream.US: scholarship covers tuition and fees up to a maximum of $14,500 for an associate’s degree and $29,000 for a bachelor’s degree, at one of their partner colleges

HACEMOS Scholarship: scholarship program for students of Hispanic origin who plan to continue their education in college. Scholarships are offered each year for full-time study at an accredited institution of the student’s choice.

Microsoft Award (for STEM fields): tuition scholarships and conference scholarships to encourage students to pursue studies in Computer Science and related STEM; open to DACA recipients

Hispanic Scholarship Fund: offers a variety of scholarships to assist students of Hispanic heritage obtain a college degree. This scholarship is open to DACA recipients or eligible non-citizens (as specified by FAFSA)

La Unidad Latina Foundation: scholarships ranging from $500 to $1000 for “outstanding community leaders from universities and colleges across the United States;” open to DACA recipients

MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense Fund): extensive list of scholarships, fellowships, and loans available to undocumented students

LULAC (League of Latin American Citizens): provides a number of scholarship opportunities, including awards that range in award amount

Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship: available to high-achieving high school seniors (regardless of legal status) with financial need who seek to attend the nation’s best four-year colleges and universities. In addition to monetary away, recipients receive educational advising, cohort-based programming, and graduate school funding

Rocio Film Scholarship: offers $1,000 for undocumented or DACAmented high school seniors who have watched Rocio