UMass Boston

Undocumented Student Support

Internal Resources

Admission for DACA and Undocumented Students

The University of Massachusetts Boston is the most diverse university in New England and offers a welcoming college community. We encourage Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and undocumented students to apply for admission to the university.

Merit Scholarships

Undocumented and DACA students are encouraged to apply for merit based scholarships at the University of Massachusetts Boston to help finance their education. In order to be matched and apply for scholarships students are encouraged to create a profile on Academic Works.

Tam Tran and Cinthya Felix Immigrant Achievers Scholarship

Undocumented and DACA students at the University of Massachusetts Boston are strongly encouraged to apply for the Tam Tran and Cinthya Felix Immigrant Achievers Scholarship. This scholarship was created as a collaboration between the Immigrant Task Force on campus; a collective of individual students, faculty, administrators, the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and University Advancement. We realized that almost half of students come from immigrant families, however, many students that have DACA, TPS, or are undocumented are not eligible for federal financial aid. This scholarship was created to financially support students that have limited opportunities for scholarships and other aid. 

Please review scholarship criteria and apply through Academic Works

If you are interested in donating or know someone that would like to please contact University Advancement. For questions, resources, or support please contact Immigrant Student Program. The Assistant Director, Malachi Robinson, or Program Coordinator, Allie Rojas will be able to assist you.

External Resources

Student Immigrant Movement

The Student Immigrant Movement is a MA-based statewide immigrant youth-led organization. They organize youth, ages 13-30, and provide political education, leadership training, guidance, mentorship, and safe healing spaces.

United We Dream

United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation. The nonpartisan network is made up of over 100,000 immigrant youth and allies and 55 affiliate organizations in 26 states. They organize and advocate for the dignity and fair treatment of immigrant youth and families, regardless of immigration status through federal legislation.

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General

The Attorney General Maura Healey issued an advisory to public and private colleges and universities in Massachusetts on issues that may affect immigrant students. The advisory addresses questions and concerns, including ways to support immigrant students on campus and the ability of schools to protect information about students’ immigration status. AG Healey said. “Massachusetts schools should be safe places for learning. With this advisory, we hope to clarify the rights of students and public and private college and university officials so that all students can feel welcome on campus.”

The Mayor's Office for Immigrant Advancement

The Mayor's Office for Immigrant Advancement provides public education to inform immigrants about City services, information, and referral to community services, as well as information in conducting outreach to immigrant groups.

Complete list of services in Boston for immigrants

The Greater Boston Legal Services

The Greater Boston Legal Services provides free civil (non-criminal) legal assistance to low-income people in Boston and thirty-one additional cities and towns.

Rian Immigrant Center

The Rian Immigrant Center's Immigrant Legal Services program offers comprehensive, professional, and confidential services for non-citizens, regardless of their legal status or ability to pay. They offer assistance navigating complex U.S. immigration laws.

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