Resources for Undocumented Students
The information below may be useful for all students, regardless of their immigration status.
Illinois Dream Act
On Aug. 1, 2011, Governor Quinn signed the Illinois DREAM Act. Designed to make scholarships, college savings and prepaid tuition programs available to undocumented students, the Act creates an Illinois DREAM Fund and a nine-member Illinois DREAM Commission with the purpose of establishing a not-for-profit entity to administer and raise scholarship funds. This legislation makes Illinois the first state in the country to create a private scholarship fund for undocumented youth.
The Illinois DREAM Fund Scholarship offers financial aid to immigrant students who are undocumented or who do not qualify for any type of federal student aid, easing the path to higher education for these youth, 65 percent of whom come from households that earn 200 percent under the poverty line, according to the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. The private scholarship will award undergraduate students up to $2,000 for attendance at a two-year institution or $6,000 for attendance at a four-year institution.
Applications are available for students who meet the following criteria:
- High school or college minimum GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 point scale);
- Have resided with his or her parent(s) or guardian(s) while attending high school in Illinois;
- Have graduated from a high school or received the equivalent of a high school diploma (GED) in Illinois; after attending an Illinois high school for at least three years.
To apply, visit http://illinoisdreamfund.org/.
Many schools offer private scholarships to students regardless of their immigration status. Make an appointment with a Financial Aid scholarship representative or click here for a list of scholarships and qualifications currently available to Triton College students.
There are many online resources available to students who seek alternative funding options, including:
Undocumented Student Guide to College
A guide to navigating the system of higher education for undocumented students, presented by the ICIRR (Illinois Coalition For Immigrant and Refugee Rights).