Resources for Undocumented Students

The information below may be useful for all students, regardless of their immigration status.

Illinois Dream Act

The Illinois DREAM Fund Scholarship offers financial assistance to immigrant students who are undocumented or who do not qualify for any type of federal student aid. 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.

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 who graduated from Illinois high schools, the Act creates an Illinois DREAM Fund. This legislation makes Illinois the first state in the country to create a private scholarship fund for undocumented youth.

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 at least one parent who immigrated to the U.S.
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

Many schools offer private scholarships to students regardless of their immigration status. View the following list of scholarships and qualifications currently available to Triton College students.

   • Complete Listing of Triton College and Foundation Scholarships  

Online Resources
There are many online resources available to students who seek alternative funding options, including:

Additional online resources can be found by clicking HERE.

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).

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