We understand entering college can be confusing, and helping students is our highest priority at the Office for Student Equity and Diversity. This page is designed specifically to assist students who identify themselves as DREAMers, or have recently been granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status. With information on how to access educational resources, find support and allies on campus, and navigate U of U procedures, we hope this webpage helps you, and your family, feel welcome and be successful in your educational pursuits. We’re glad you are here!
Can I apply for admission to the University of Utah?
Absolutely! Students of all backgrounds, all walks of life, are encouraged to apply to the University of Utah. Please visit our admissions website and graduate admissions website for more information.
HB144 University of Utah contact and information
What are the eligibility requirements for the Deferred Action Consideration?
You may request DACA if you fulfill to following requirements:
- At least 15 years of age and cannot have been 31 years on June 15th, 2012
- Came to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday
- Have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present time
- Were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making your request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS
- Had no lawful status on June 15, 2012
- 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
- Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor,or three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety
Do I qualify for state tuition waivers or scholarships at the University of Utah?
Utah is one of twenty states that offer in-state tuition to DACA or DREAMers who meet certain ￼requirements under House Bill no. 144 (HB144). Recently, another law was passed Senate Bill 235 (SB 253) that says you do not have to show documents of lawful presence to qualify for privately funded scholarships. You will still need to fill out a paper version of the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) form to show financial need. There are a number of scholarships available to DACA and DREAMer students on our scholarship page.
How can I get the “in-state” tuition rate for school at the University of Utah?
To qualify for the in-state HB144 tuition waiver, you must have attended high school in Utah for at least three years, have graduated, or have a GED. In order to qualify, you also have to be already admitted into the University of Utah and you cannot have had your first enrollment at an institution of higher education outside of Utah. For more information, visit the admissions website.
What happens if I do not quality for HB144?
If you do not meet the list of requirements for HB144 listed above, there is a new Senate Bill that might still be an option. Utah Senate Bill 253 makes it so any student who graduates from a Utah high school (regardless of the high school graduation year) IS NOT required to provide proof of lawful U.S. presence for scholarships or tuition waivers in Utah’s public colleges and universities. A few private scholarships include the Frank Kazmierczak Migrant Scholarship and
La Unida Latina Scholarship.
Or you may contact our Director of Diversity Scholarships: Feleti Matagi, via F.email@example.com or (801)581-7569, to see if any other scholarships are available.
Will I be limited in my ability to participate or choice of majors at the University of Utah?
Absolutely not! Once admitted into the University of Utah, you will be able to participate in all student clubs, extracurricular activities, and leadership opportunities as well as choose any major of study available to all University of Utah students.
Check out some of the sponsored events and activities by the Associated Students of the University of Utah (ASUU).
There are a many resources that can help undocumented students better understand their situation as well as their available options. These resources are also useful to faculty, staff, and community members who want to learn about and support undocumented students’ access to and success in college.
- Utah College Advising Corps – Office of Engagement
- How to Generate a DARS (Degree Audit Report) Worksheet
- Border Waiver Program SB
- Introduction to Federal Financial Aid
There are many scholarships available for HB144, DACA & non-FAFSA Eligible Students. Listed below are requirements for each scholarship under the corresponding month the application is due.
ACLU of Utah Youth Activist Scholarship
Deadline: February 15, 2016
Requirements: Be a current Utah high school senior planning on entering an accredited college or university as a full-time, degree-seeking student. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (If the GPA is less than 3.0, the applicant is still eligible but must submit an explanation for the lower GPA). Have proof of strong commitment to civil liberties through some form of activism addressing such issues as equality, racial justice, free speech, religious freedom, tolerance, and privacy.
Award Amount: $1,500
The Dream.US National Scholarship – Scholarship for First Time College Students
Deadline: February 15, 2016
TheDream.US provides college scholarships to highly motivated DREAMers who want to get a college education but cannot afford it. Our scholarships will help cover your tuition and fees for an associate’s or bachelor’s degree at one of our Partner Colleges. Note: You must be accepted to and eligible for in-state tuition (if applicable) at one of our Partner Colleges in order to receive the Scholarship.
Requirements: This scholarship is available to high school seniors or high school graduates with demonstrated financial need who are first time college students and seek to earn a career-ready associate’s or bachelor’s degree at one of our Partner Colleges. Students who are currently enrolled in college are not eligible. Scholars are selected from a nationwide pool of applicants.
Award Amount: TheDream.US provides college scholarships to highly motivated DREAMers who want to get a college education but cannot afford it. Our scholarships will help cover your tuition and fees for an associate’s or bachelor’s degree at one of our Partner Colleges. Note: You must be accepted to and eligible for in-state tuition (if applicable) at one of our Partner Colleges in order to receive the Scholarship.
Contact Information: theDream.US@applyISTS.com(Reference the Dream.US Scholarship Program) or 1-(855)670-ISTS(4787) and ask for the Dream.US Scholarship Program
Jameson Family Scholarship
Deadline: February 1, 2017
Requirements: Student must have been admitted to the University of Utah as an H.B. 144 student and have completed at least one year at the University of Utah. We are looking for motivated students who have been involved in leadership and/or community activities, have a good academic record, have financial need, and are enrolled as full-time students at the time the award is used. Preference will also be given to (a) students who are majoring in the College of Social and Behavioral Science, (b) students who have been involved in leadership and/or community activities, (c) students who have applied for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and (d) students who graduated from Wayne County High School, although the scholarship eligibility will not be limited to these students alone.
Award Amount:Typically $7,000 for two semesters
Larry H. & Gail Miller Enrichment Scholarship
Deadline: February 10, 2017
Requirements: This scholarship is renewable for up to ten semesters for new freshmen; eight semesters for sophomores; six semesters for juniors; and four semesters for seniors. To renew this award, students must qualify annually by maintaining satisfactory academic achievement and make acceptable progress toward a Bachelor’s degree and abide by the University of Utah Student Code of Conduct. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must be admitted to the University of Utah as a matriculated undergraduate student, eligible for Utah residency status for the academic year for which they are applying, and able to demonstrate financial need
- Award may include any or all of the following benefits:
- Full Tuition and Fees (for undergraduate Utah Residents
- On-Campus Room & Board (equivalent to a double occupancy room and 18 meals per week)
- Textbook Allowance ($300 per semester)
Contact Information: (801)581-7793
Que Llueva Café Scholarship
Deadline: February 27, 2016
Requirements: Be a current high school senior planning to enroll for the first time in an accredited college or university in the United States. Scholarship evaluates three key areas of evaluation: (1) Your personal story, which takes into account financial need and other compelling challenges the applicant has had to endure; (2) extra-curricular involvement, which includes anything you do outside of class like community involvement, work, and clubs; and (3) Your academic promise, which is not limited to GPA or test scores but, more importantly, looks at your academic potential for the future.
Contact Information: Jaime L. Del Razo, CORE Scholarship Committee Chair
Honors Graduation Scholarship
Deadline: February 12, 2016
Requirements: Applicants must be graduating high school seniors already accepted to a college or university, or currently enrolled full- or part-time at an accredited college or university in the U.S. with a year or more remaining in their education. Additionally, students must have met all of the requirements described on this web page. Employees of HonorsGradU and their families are not eligible to participate. Submissions must be received before the deadline of April 1 in order to qualify for the scholarship program.
Award Amount: $1,000
Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund
Requirements: Open to high school seniors, undergraduate and graduate students. The first and most important qualification for a Davis-Putter Scholarship is active participation in struggles for civil rights, economic justice, international solidarity or other progressive issues. The scholarship committee also evaluates the applicant’s financial need and ability to perform academically at the college level. For questions and comments, please contact Educate Utah
Honors Graduation Scholarship
Requirements: Applicants must be graduating high school seniors already accepted to a college or university, or currently enrolled full- or part-time at an accredited college or university in the U.S. with a year or more remaining in their education. Additionally, students must have met all of the requirements described on the Honor Graduation Scholarships website. Employees of HonorsGradU and their families are not eligible to participate. Submissions must be received before ￼￼￼the deadline of April 1 in order to qualify for the scholarship program.
Annual Signet Classic Student Scholarship Essay Contest
Requirements: Open to high school juniors and seniors attending high schools in the U.S. Student applicants must read the assigned book and write a 2-3 page double-spaced essay (please type on computer or typewriter and do not staple submissions). Please visit website for book title and six essay topics to choose from.
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) Scholarship Program
Requirements: Be a full-time enrolled student in an accredited community college, four-year university, or graduate/professional program during the period for which scholarship is requested. Individuals seeking scholarship consideration under the “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival” (DACA) policy must possess an Employment Authorization Document (I-766) at the time of application. There is no GPA or academic major requirement. Students with excellent leadership potential are encouraged to apply.
The Fountainhead Essay Contest
Requirements: Open to high school juniors and seniors. Students must read Ayn Rand The Fountainhead (Student Edition) and write a 800-1,600 word double-spaced essay (please type on computer or typewriter and do not staple submissions). Please visit website for three essay topics to choose from.
Abbott and Fenner Business Consultants
Requirements: Open to high school juniors and seniors as well as all students currently registered in any accredited post-secondary institution. Abbott & Fenner are committed to continuing our efforts at helping those who have the desire and ambition to succeed. The winner(s) of this annual scholarship will receive their award within 2 weeks of the listed deadline. All applicants should include their full name and mailing address with their submissions.
PFLAG Salt Lake City Undergraduate Scholarship
Requirements: Open to graduating Utah high school seniors entering higher education for the first time this calendar year (if you graduated in the past year and took a time off you are still eligible to apply). Self-identify as a gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) or an ally. Demonstrate an interest in service to the LGBT community. Have applied to an accredited U.S. higher education institution.
The Halucinated Scholarship (For the Aspiring Creative)
Requirements: “Money should never be the reason why you do not get an education.
Although I may not be the wealthiest designer in the world (yet), I still believe in giving back to my community, especially those with a passion and that are in financial need. This is why I am giving away two $1,000 scholarships for aspiring creatives!”
Please contact Educate Utah for questions and comments.
“From Failure to Promise” Essay Contest
Requirements: Open to graduating Utah high school seniors and current college students. Students must read From Failure to Promise: An Uncommon Path to Professoriate and write a 1000+ word double-spaced essay using a standard font of at least 12 points (please type on computer or typewriter and do not staple submissions). Please visit website for application and essay questions.
AES Engineering Services
Requirements: Open to high school, college or university, or vocational school students. Scholarships are intended for our future leaders across a wide spectrum of fields of study. This award is available to high school seniors and all students attending a post-secondary educational facility. You are not required to be taking Engineering courses to be eligible.
Requirements: Open to Utah high school graduating seniors, undergraduate students, and graduate students. The goal of the scholarship is to provide financial assistance to promising low-income students, with preference given to immigrant students who are currently undocumented. The scholarship also seeks to support students who demonstrate a commitment to leadership or service that benefits the immigrant population. Please contact Educate Utah with questions and comments.
Americanism Essay Contest
Requirements: Open to high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. Write an essay not to exceed 350 words on “The Bill of Rights and Me.” $5000, $2500, $1500, $1000. (Submit to: James D. Towery 2653 N 950 E North Ogden, UT 84414-2464).
Soroptimist International of Salt Lake
Requirements: Open to high school sophomores, juniors and senior women (14- 17 years of age). Eligible applicants are young women who have demonstrated initiative in both identifying a problem and trying to solve it, and who have had significant and noteworthy accomplishments as volunteers. Applicants need to write an essay up to 750 words in which they indicate where they volunteer and why. Additionally, applicants must describe the goals of the organization where they volunteer and its impact on the problem(s) it addresses.