Scholarships for Undocumented and DACA Students

Undocumented students may qualify for certain scholarship opportunities - check out the list below! This list is regularly updated.

  • CCNY's Macaulay Honors College provides a full-tuition scholarship, a laptop, and a stipend for students who meet CUNY's New York State residency requirements. Undocumented and students with limited/precarious immigration status are eligible to apply for Macaulay Honors College.

    If you have an outstanding academic record you should consider applying to the Honors College. Application for Macaulay opens in September.

    The scholarship funds 8 semesters of full-time undergraduate tuition within a student's four years of study. Tuition coverage is also available for a limited number of summer and winter classes, excluding fees. The summer before a student's first year starts is not eligible for coverage. For more information, visit the Macaulay website.

  • Privately funded scholarships at CUNY are available to students regardless of immigration status in accordance to the CUNY 2018 Memo by the Office of General Counsel. To access privately funded scholarships, students may need to ask their respective Department(s) for scholarship or fellowship opportunities. For more information, contact the Immigrant Student Resource and Research Center.

  • The DREAM.US offers up to $39,000 for tuition, fees, books, and supplies for a four-year degree and up to $19,500 for a two-year degree for undocumented students at CUNY.

    The DREAM.US offers two scholarships: National Scholarships and Opportunity Scholarships. Applications are open to immigrant students with or without DACA or TPS who came to the U.S. before the age of 16 and before Nov. 1, 2018.

  • For LGBTQ+ students, the Point Foundation offers various scholarships that are open to undocumented students.

  • Students with DACA are also eligible for the Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, Hispanic Scholarships Fund, and Soros Fellowship for New Americans. Contact Jennifer Lutton, National Scholarship Coordinator in the Honors Center to find out more: or 212.650.6726.

Scholarship Directories

If you would like assistance with finding and/or applying for scholarships, contact the Immigrant Student Resource and Research Center at

Last Updated: 02/09/2024 13:52