Deferred Action For
Childhood Arrivals (DACA) 

How Do I Know if I’m a DACA Student?

The University of Arizona defines DACA applicants as:

  • Non-U.S. citizens currently in the United States who do not hold an immigration or student visa.
  • Individuals not defined as a permanent resident, asylee, or refugee.
  • Brought to the U.S. by parents or other relatives and were under age 16 at the time of arrival.
  • May or may not have filed DACA paperwork with the U.S. government.

How to Apply

Follow the instructions on how to apply for first-year students. Or if you are a transfer student, you can learn about your options in the transfer overview.

At Step 2 of the application (Citizenship Information), answer the question "Are you a U.S. Citizen?" with a “No” response.

After selecting “No,” the following question will appear: "Are you a US Permanent Resident, Refugee, DACA Eligible student, or Asylee?" Select “Yes” to this question.

Complete all remaining sections of the application accurately. You may leave the Social Security Number blank if needed.

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DACA Tuition

DACA students who attended an Arizona high school for at least three years and graduated from an accredited Arizona high school or GED program may qualify for the 150% Arizona High School Tuition rate.

DACA students who do not meet these requirements will be billed non-resident tuition rates.

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DACA Financial Aid

DACA students are eligible for the President’s Directed Scholarship Fund. They are ineligible for other university, state-funded, and federal aid or scholarships. For more information about the President’s Directed Scholarship Fund or if you’d like additional support understanding your rights as a DACA student, get in touch with the Immigrant Student Resource Center.

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Additional Scholarship Resources

ScholarshipsA-Z »

ScholarshipsA-Z is a Tucson-based immigrant youth-led organization that works to make higher education accessible to all students regardless of immigration status.

Immigrants Rising »

Immigrants Rising provides scholarship resources that don’t require proof of citizenship or legal permanent residency. 

Scholarship Universe »

Our scholarship-matching tool connects admitted students with additional funding for their education.