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Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

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Important information about DACA requests: Due to a federal court order, USCIS has resumed accepting requests to renew a grant of deferred action under DACA. USCIS is not accepting requests from individuals who have never before been granted deferred action under DACA. Until further notice, and unless otherwise provided in this guidance, the DACA policy will be operated on the terms in place before it was rescinded on Sept. 5, 2017. For more information, visit Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals: Response to January 2018 Preliminary Injunction.

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What are DREAMers?
DREAMers are individuals who were brought to the United States as minors and are named after the Development Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, which was introduced by legislation in 2001. It was designed to provide allowances for these minors.

What is DACA?
On June 15, 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that certain people who came to the United States as children and meet several guidelines may request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal. They are also eligible for work authorization. Deferred action is a use of prosecutorial discretion to defer removal action against an individual for a certain period of time. Deferred action does not provide lawful status.

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If you have any questions about your request please call USCIS Customer Service at (800) 375-5283 or (800) 767-1833 (TDD). Or visit www.uscis.gov/childhoodarrivals.

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The National Scholarship Award

The National Scholarship Award offers scholarships to highly motivated DREAMERs to help fund their college education. While TheDream.US considers your test scores and GPA, it also puts great significance on your demonstrated ability to overcome challenges and barriers that DREAMERs face each day.

**NOTE: If you do not have DACA or TPS, you can still apply for our scholarship if you meet our immigration eligibility criteria (which mirror the DACA eligibility criteria). You will need to certify this as a part of the application.

Our Award

The National Scholarship Award will cover your tuition and fees up to a maximum of $14,500 for an associate degree and $29,000 for a bachelor’s degree at one of our Partner Colleges.

You can renew the Award each year so long as you meet the continuing eligibility criteria - including continuous full-time enrollment (more than 12 credits per term) and a college GPA of 3.0. If you struggle, you’re A&M-SA Scholar Advisor will be there to help you get back on track.

CRITERIA FOR APPLICATION

First Step
Are you high school graduates or our scholarship for community college graduates? The criteria are set forth below.

Eligibility

High School and GED Program Graudates:

If you have graduated or will graduate from high school or a GED program by the end of the Spring 2019 term this scholarship may be for you!

You are not eligible to apply for or receive TheDream.US scholarship if you have been enrolled in a 4-year institution or a 4-year program.

If you have taken community college classes as you could afford them, you may still apply for our High School Graduate Scholarship so long has you have not earned more than 21 college credits at a community college. College credits earned in a dual enrollment program while in high school are not counted as part of the 21 credits.

You are eligible to apply if you:
  • Have graduated or will graduate from high school (or have earned or will earn a high school equivalency diploma) by the end of the 2018-19 academic year;
  • Graduated or will graduate with a GPA of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale;
  • Are not and have not previously been enrolled in a four-year institution or bachelor program and have not earned more than 21 credits in a community college (not counting credits earned in a pre-college or dual enrollment program in high school);
  • Intend to enroll full-time in an associate or bachelor’s degree program at a Partner College no later than the Spring term of 2019-20 academic year;
  • Are eligible for in-state tuition at the Partner College you want to attend (not applicable if it is a private Partner College);
  • Have current DACA or TPS or certify that you meet the DACA immigration eligibility criteria set forth below;
  • Arrived in the United States before reaching your 16th birthday; and
  • Have significant unmet financial need.
Community College Graduates

If you have or are about to graduate from community college and do not have the financial resources to complete your bachelor’s degree at a four-year university, this scholarship may be for you!

Please Note: You are not eligible to apply for Community College Graduate Scholarship if you have been or are enrolled in a four-year institution or a four-year bachelor’s degree program.

You are eligible to apply if you:

  • Have graduated or will graduate from an accredited community college or two-year degree program by the end of the 2018-19 academic year;
  • Graduated or will graduate with a community college GPA of 3.0 or better on a scale of 4.0 (or the equivalent;
  • Are not and have not previously enrolled in a four-year institution or a four-year bachelor’s degree program;
  • Intend to enroll full time in a bachelor’s degree program at a Partner College no later than the Spring term of 2019-20 academic year;
  • Are eligible for in-state tuition at the Partner College you want to attend (not applicable if it is a private Partner College);
  • Have current DACA or TPS or certify that you meet the DACA immigration eligibility criteria set forth below;
  • Arrived in the United States before reaching your 16th birthday; and 8. Have significant unmet financial need.

TheDream.US Immigration Eligibility Criteria

As part of the application you will be required to attest, under the penalty of perjury, that you

  1. Have a current DACA or TPS authorization and you provide your Employment Authorization Document (EAD) card number and expiration date, or
  2. Meet the DACA immigration eligibility criteria and you will apply for lawful presence or legal status as soon as the federal law allows you to do so.

The DACA criteria are as follows:

  • You were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012;
  • You came to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday;
  • You have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present time;
  • You were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012 and had no lawful status;
  • You are currently in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, have obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States; and
  • You have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, or three or more other misdemeanors in the categories which would have disqualified you for DACA, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety; and
  • You will apply for lawful presence or legal status as soon as the laws allow you to do so.

*You must be admitted to and eligible for in-state tuition (if a public institution) at one of our Partner Colleges to receive our National Scholarship.

How to APPLY: DREAMERs You can apply for the National Scholarship by going to our website: http://www.thedream.us/scholarships/national-scholarship/

If you have additional questions about the application process or TheDream.US Scholarship Programs, please contact us.

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Email: TheDream.US@applyISTS.com 
Subject: TheDream.US National
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Phone Number: 1-(855) 670-ISTS (4787)
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Texas A&M-San Antonio
Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid
Main Campus - Madla Room 106
Email: scholarships@tamusa.edu
Phone: (210) 784-1324 

TheDream.US is a project of New Venture Fund, a 501(c)(3). International Scholarship and Tuition Services, Inc. (ISTS) administers the program. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability or national origin. TheDream.US reserves the right to make changes to the conditions and procedures of this scholarship program at any time, including termination of the program.