Undocumented Student Support
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.
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 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.
If you are interested in donating or know someone that would like to please contact University Advancement. For questions, resources, or support please contact Renata Teodoro, the Student Advocacy Coordinator, the main contact for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and undocumented students.
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 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 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 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.
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.
The Irish Immigrant International 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.
- US Immigration If Then Chart
- UMass FAQ on DACA Rescission
- Own the Dream
- United We Dream
- My Undocumented Life
- National Immigration Law Center (NILC)
- Guidelines for Prospective DACA Applicants
- What I Need to Know about the End of DACA from the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC)
- If DACA Ends, Here’s What the Program’s Recipients Need to Know About Their Rights
- Some immigration resources, including attorney resources, are available here.
- Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA)
- Greater Boston Legal Services DACA Renewal Clinics
- My Undocumented Life: The Trump Administration Rescinded DACA. What You Need to Know.
- Lumina Foundation: America Needs DREAMers to Fuel the 21st Century Economy
- Depart Nation: DACA -- What Now? Legal advice for DACA recipients, personal advice for allies
- Resources/Information for Undocumented Immigrants & Families
- Scholarship list for Undocumented Students