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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

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What is DACA?

On June 15, 2012, President Obama created a new policy calling for deferred action for certain undocumented young people who came to the U.S. as children. Applications under the program, which is called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), began on August 15, 2012.

Individuals who can demonstrate through verifiable documentation that they meet these guidelines will be considered for deferred action. Once granted DACA status, it might be possible to qualify for in-state tuition while studying at the University of Cincinnati. This page will describe the procedures necessary to establish your DACA status and the processes you will need to follow to be considered for in-state tuition.


Who Qualifies for DACA Status?

You may request consideration of DACA if you:

  • Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012
  • Came to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday
  • Have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present time
  • Were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012 and at the time of making your request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS
  • Had no lawful status on June 15, 2012, meaning that you never had a lawful immigration status on or before June 15, 2012, or any lawful immigration status or parole that you obtained prior to June 15, 2012, had expired as of June 15, 2012
  • Are currently in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, have obtained a General Educational Development (GED) certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States
  • Have not been convicted of a felony, a significant misdemeanor, three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety

To get started, the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services website will help answer some of your questions regarding your immigration status and how to request consideration for DACA. There, you can find out more information about the DACA process, background checks, fees, etc.

Application Process - Overview

Step 1

DACA students should complete the appropriate application for admission to UC.

Step 2

Upon admission, provide the documents establishing your immigration status to UC International Services.

Step 3

Provide the University Registrar’s Office with documentation regarding your sources of support and residential address.


Application to UC and Establishing Your Status as a DACA Student

The University of Cincinnati defines an International Student as any enrolled student who is not a U.S. citizen, permanent resident of the United States, asylee or refugee. As such, if you hold DACA status or are in the process of obtaining DACA status, you are classified as an international student and should apply accordingly. This means listing that you are not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and listing that your country of citizenship is something other than the U.S. when completing application materials.

Once you are admitted to the University of Cincinnati, you will receive communication from UC International Services asking you to clarify your immigration status. You should follow the instructions given and provide our office with copies of the following documents:

  • Your Passport Bibliography page (page with your picture and personal details) if you have one
  • A copy of your I-797 Notice of Action (approval notice) from USCIS for your I-821D application for Deferred Action status
  • A copy of your Employment Authorization Document (EAD)


Sample I-797

Notice

Sample EAD

EAD


Frequently Asked Questions

What requirements must I meet to be considered an Ohio resident
for tuition purposes?

Applicants must have attended and graduated from an Ohio high school or qualify through one of the various guidelines established by the Ohio Board of Regents.

Students living in Indiana and Kentucky may be eligible for Metropolitan or Reciprocity rate tuition programs. For a complete list of the guidelines please visit the residency reciprocity website.


Should I complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)?

DACA students are NOT eligible for federal financial aid.  They are eligible for any university based scholarship or assistantship that is offered.  Please see the scholarship section for more details.


My DACA application is currently in process.  Can I apply for admission now? 

You may apply for admission, but you will not be considered for Ohio residency classification (in-state tuition rates) without documentation of DACA approval.


Are tuition payment plans available?

The University of Cincinnati offers a Tution Payment Plan for those students who need to spread their tuition and fees bill across the term.


I have other questions.  Who can help?

Questions about application for admission should be addressed to:

International Admissions Office (undergraduate applicants) 513-556-2069 international.admissions@uc.edu

The Graduate School (graduate applicants) grad.uc.edu/admissions

Questions about your Immigration documents/status

UC International Services 513-556-4278 orInternational.students@uc.edu

Questions about your status for tuition purposes residency

Registrar’s office resid@ucmail.uc.edu

Frequently Asked Questions


What requirements must I meet to be considered an Ohio resident for tuition purposes?

Applicants must have attended and graduated from an Ohio high school or qualify through one of the various guidelines established by the Ohio Board of Regents.

Students living in Indiana and Kentucky may be eligible for Metropolitan or Reciprocity rate tuition programs. For a complete list of the guidelines please visit the residency reciprocity website.


Should I complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)?

DACA students are NOT eligible for federal financial aid.  They are eligible for any university based scholarship or assistantship that is offered.  Please see the scholarship section for more details.


My DACA application is currently in process.  Can I apply for admission now? 

You may apply for admission, but you will not be considered for Ohio residency classification (in-state tuition rates) without documentation of DACA approval.


Are tuition payment plans available?

The University of Cincinnati offers a Tution Payment Plan for those students who need to spread their tuition and fees bill across the term.


I have other questions.  Who can help?

Questions about application for admission should be addressed to:

International Admissions Office (undergraduate applicants) 513-556-2069international.admissions@uc.edu

The Graduate School (graduate applicants) grad.uc.edu/admissions

Questions about your Immigration documents/status:

UC International Services 513-556-4278 or International.students@uc.edu

Questions about your residency status for tuition purposes:

Registrar’s office resid@ucmail.uc.edu

Useful Resources

DreamActivist.org

DreamActivist.org is a multicultural, migrant youth-led, social media hub for the movement to pass the DREAM Act and pursue the enactment of other forms of legislation that aim to mend the broken immigration system.

Dreamers Unidos

Networking and information site by and for Dreamers.  Includes scholarship guides.

FAFSA Information for DACA Students

Information for DACA students about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Immigration Equality

FAQ to help answer questions about DACA, who is eligible, and what eligible youth can do next.

Dr. Paz Maya Oliverez for Latinos in College

Guidance, information, and support for undocumented high school and college students in their pursuit of higher education, as well as other first-generation college-goers.

United We Dream (UWD)

United We Dream (UWD) is the largest immigrant youth-led network in the nation.