For many people affording college tuition can be a setback in getting a college education, especially if you’re an undocumented student. The Dream.US Scholarship is your best alternative to funding your college dreams.
The Dream.US scholarship is open to highly motivated undocumented students who want nothing more than to get a college education but cannot afford the cost. Students with no access to federal aid, limited access to state aid and face paying out-of-state tuition.
Affording college tuition has been made possible through the dream.us scholarship program; according to official statistics, over $141 million in scholarships have been committed to date. As of 2020, over 1,700 students have graduated from the program serving the country in different fields.
Dream.US takes pride as the nation’s most extensive college access program for Dreamers.
Who is a Dreamer?
Dreamers are immigrant youth who migrated to the U.S. at a very young age without documentation. This lack of official documentation hinders them from receiving federal aids to go to college and they also have limited access to state aid. According to the dream report, 98,000 undocumented immigrant students graduate from U.S. high schools every year.
Dream.US provides scholarships to highly qualified Dreamers, helping them pay for their college education. Most of these scholars have DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) or TPS (Temporary protected Status)
There are two scholarship offers –
- The Dream.US National Scholarship – open for high school or community college graduates
- The Dream.US Opportunity Scholarship: open for students who live in targeted, excluded states where they cannot get in-state tuition.
The Dream.US National Scholarship
- The Dream.US National Program offers up to $16,500 for an associate degree and $33,000 for a bachelor’s degree.
- The candidate must meet the continuing eligibility for the scholarship renewal yearly.
- Open for high school or community graduates
- The candidate must have DACA or TPS
- The candidate must qualify for in-state tuition at one of our partner colleges.
- Online college option is available
- Opportunity Scholarship
- Scholarship up to $80,000 covers tuition, fees and on-campus housing and meals for a bachelor’s degree.
- Open for high school graduates who reside in targeted, locked-out states that do not offer in-state tuition.
- High school graduates are barred from attending state colleges and universities.
- Candidate must have DACA, TPS or came to the country before November 1, 2016
- The candidate receiving the opportunity scholarship can attend one of the opportunity partner colleges; please see the list of partner colleges.
- The ideal candidate must be admitted to one of our partner colleges to receive an opportunity scholarship.
Eligibility Criteria for high school and HSE Program Graduates
- Candidate must have DACA, TPS, or came into the country before November 1, 2016, or meet the Dream.US immigration eligibility criteria.
- Candidates have significant unmet financial needs.
- Candidates have graduated or will graduate from a U.S. high school by the end of the 2021-22 academic year.
- The candidate graduated or will graduate with a GPA of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale.
- The candidate has not earned more than 21 credits in a community college or a 4-year college or university before the fall of 2022
- The candidate intends to enroll full-time in an associate or bachelor’s degree program at one of our partner’s colleges no later than the Spring term of 2022-23 academic year.
- The candidate must be eligible for in-state tuition at the preferred partner’s college.
Eligibility Criteria for community college graduates scholarship
- Candidate must have DACA, TPS or came into the country before November 1, 2016, or meet the Dream.US immigration eligibility criteria
- Candidates Have significant unmet financial needs.
- Candidate Have or will have an associate degree by the end of the 2021-22 academic year.
- Graduated or will graduate with a community college GPA of 3.0 or better on a scale of 4.0
- The candidate has not earned more than 21 credits at a 4-year college or university before the Fall of 2022.
- The candidate intends to enroll full time in a bachelor’s degree program at a Partner College no later than the Spring term of 2022-23 academic year
- Are eligible for in-state tuition at the Partner College you want to attend (this is not applicable if it is a private Partner College).
Eligible States: Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, South Carolina, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Texas, Utah, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, California, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington DC, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Connecticut, Delaware
How to apply to the Dream.US Scholarship
- The candidate is required to provide personal information used in college applications. Please note, do not submit your home address or upload your DACA or TPS Documents
- The candidate is required to certify possession of current DACA or TPS authorization.
- The candidate is required to meet each of the immigration eligibility criteria.
When will the dream.us scholarship be announced?
Notifications will be sent to selected applicants via email in late April 2022
To apply to the dream.us scholarship, can I go to any school I want?
We partner with different schools across the U.S. Please see the list of partner schools in making your school choice.
The Dream.US Scholarship Deadline
- The 2022-23 National Scholarship Round application is open from November 1, 2021, to February 28, 2022.
- Final notifications will be sent to selected applicants via email in late April 2022.
- The 2022-23 Opportunity Scholarship is now open from November 1, 2021, to January 31, 2022.