Undocumented Student Resources
Streamwood High School's Counseling Department works with all students regardless of citizenship status. We know every students' story is different, and often students haven't had a say in how their story has been written. We share the following resources with the goal of helping students begin to determine their own future
UndocU: A College Video Series for Undocumented Students. Streamwood staff have not watched all the videos but these seem like a good resource. This is the link to the first one and from there you can access the others. There are 18 total.
The United States Department of Education's resource guide on how educators, schools, and campuses can better support secondary and postsecondary undocumented students. The guide includes:
- Information on DACA (the federal government’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program)
- A list of scholarships available to students regardless of their immigration status
- A list of federally funded adult education programs
- Best practices for schools to follow
Financing College for Undocumented Students
DACA students and the FAFSA. As a general policy, ISAC (the Illinois Student Assistance Comission) recommends that Illinois DACA students not complete the FAFSA as they are still ineligible for federal or Illinois state aid. Ideally, a college which provides need based aid to an undocumented student will utilize an institutional financial aid form to capture a student’s financial data. However, as colleges are permitted to require DACA students to complete the FASA, many do. If a DACA students completes the FAFSA, the student must be sure to answer all questions accurately. The student should use the DACA social security number and when completing the question, “Are you a U.S. citizen?” the student should check “No, I am not a citizen or eligible non-citizen.” An EFC will not be calculated but the form will capture their financial information, which will be transmitted to colleges who can then do their own calculation. Here is a link to REALLY good information about this from the US Department of Education https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/ sites/default/files/financial- aid-and-undocumented-students. pdf
DDLR Scholarship fund - This scholarship is intended to assist undocumented youth/DREAMers from the Chicagoland area in reaching their dream of attending a four year college or university. For more information about the scholarship and/or requirements, please visit www.ddlrscholarship.org. Students MUST submit their application online. Application: http://www.formpl.us/form/697712006/
There is an FAQ section at the end of the application. It is best if students have all the requirement already saved when submitting their application as there is no way to save the? application in progress. If you have any questions/concerns, please feel free to reach out.
Dreamer's Roadmap App. An app that can help our undocumented students to reach scholarships available for them. It also includes tips and information about college search. The website is at www.dreamersroadmap.com or you can gind the app in the app stores or scan this QR:
Project Greenlight. Here are several “high value” scholarships highlighted in this link from Project Greenlight are the Dream.US and the Point Foundation. Thank you Project Greenlight for your ongoing support of undocumented students in their pursuit of post-secondary education. To see their list of scholarships for undocumented student, click here.
national non profit app that helps undocumented students find scholarships to go to college: /.