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Undocumented/DREAMer Students

At Edgewood College, we believe in the life, dignity and equality of the human person and that every person is created with infinite value, equally worthy of care and respect. We are committed to recruiting, enrolling and supporting a diverse student population, regardless of documentation and citizenship.

With this foundation and guiding principle(s), we consider Undocumented, DREAMer & DACA students living in the United States as candidates for admissions. Students living within the state of Wisconsin qualify for in-state tuition, regardless of status, at Edgewood College. 

Institutional financial aid and scholarships are available for Undocumented, DREAMer & DACA students at Edgewood College.

While attending Edgewood College, resources and support for this student population are also made available. 

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Students

On September 5, 2017, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued an official Memorandum of Rescission of DACA.This memorandum of rescission is effective immediately and orders a winding down process of the DACA program.

Important updates as of 9/6/17 (please note this information may change!):

  • Initial DACA applications accepted by USCIS prior to 9/5/17 will be considered and processed as usual.
  • DACA applications dated 9/5/17 and beyond will be rejected.
  • Students that have already been granted Work Authorization & Deferred Action will not have their status revoked and their Work Authorization & Deferred Action are valid until the expiration date on their card.
  • Any student that currently has DACA Authorization can renew their status, if their authorization will expire by 3/5/18. Renewal of your DACA authorization must be received by USCIS by 10/5/17.
  • No new Advanced Parole applications will be processed. If you have a pending Advanced Parole, your application will be closed and you will be refunded the fees.
  • If you have been previously granted Advanced Parole and your request has been approved, it is still valid.
  • It is strongly recommended that any DACA student that is planning to travel outside of the United States consults with the Center for Global Education and an Immigration Attorney.
  • If a student needs additional support, please consult with one of the Community Navigators on campus (scroll down for more information about the Community Navigator Program).
  • Additional resources, including mental health resources can be found here: We Are Here to Stay

For additional information and frequently asked questions about the DACA rescission, please see the official document prepared by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Frequently Asked Questions: Rescission of DACA.



On June 15, 2012, President Barack Obama introduced an executive memo, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), that offered undocumented persons, meeting specific criteria and requirements, deferred action of deportation. DACA also provided youth with the ability for work authorization. 

Although Deferred action does not provide lawful status, for many youth and DREAMers, this executive action provided hope and opportunity.

DACA students at Edgewood College are eligible for non-federal work study positions on campus and may also be eligible for employment off-campus. 

To learn more about considerations for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, please visit:DACA- USCIS

Applying to Edgewood College as an Undocumented/DACA Student

Edgewood College accepts applications from students, regardless of citizenship status. Undocumented students and DACA students are encouraged to follow the same application process that all students at Edgewood College use. 

Please review our College application requirements, and complete an application, which can be found here: Apply Today at Edgewood College.

If you do not have a social security number, please leave that space blank on the admissions application. Please do not use a false Social Security Number, your DACA-issued Social Security Number, your Employment Authorization Number, or your Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN), during any part of the admission application process.

Financial Aid & Scholarships for Undocumented/DACA Students

Federal and state financial aid is not available for Undocumented and DACA students; however, Edgewood College offers academic scholarships, talent scholarships, and specialty awards. 

Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is not required to be eligible for Edgewood College academic scholarships, talent, and specialty awards. 

Instead, students without citizenship status are encouraged to complete the 2018-2019 Edgewood College Undocumented/DACA Student Financial Aid Application. Please complete this one-page paper application and send to ecentral@edgewood.edu

DREAMer Educational Scholarship:

DREAMER Scholarship: Students currently enrolled at Edgewood College can apply for the DREAMER Educational Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to a current full-time, undocumented, undergraduate student(s) in financial need. Academic standing will also be considered in the selection process.

For additional information about this scholarship, please visit: http://diversity.edgewood.edu/Dreamer-Scholarship

Freshmen Scholarships:

Academic Scholarships: Students admitted to Edgewood College are automatically considered for renewable academic scholarships typically ranging from $6,000-$13,000 per year. No additional application is required. Scholarship level is based on a combination of high school grade point average and ACT test scores. Undocumented and DACA students are eligible for the same academic scholarships offered to all students.

Talent and Specialty Awards: Students admitted to Edgewood College are invited to apply for additional renewable talent and specialty awards typically ranging from $500-$8,000 per year. Undocumented and DACA students are also eligible for institutional talent and specialty-awards offered to all students.

Community Scholars Award: Freshmen students admitted to Edgewood College are invited to apply to the Community Scholars Award. This scholarship is awarded to students who are academically motivated Dane County residents who demonstrate financial need. Students with a strong interest in serving the civic needs of Dane County during college and after graduation are encouraged to apply.

Please review Freshmen Scholarship opportunities here: Freshmen Scholarships

Transfer Scholarships:

Academic Scholarships: Students admitted to Edgewood College are automatically considered for the following merit-based scholarships typically ranging from $2,000-$6,000 per year. No additional application is required to receive these scholarships. These scholarships are available to students who transfer to Edgewood College with 12 or more credits from an accredited institution. Continuous, full-time enrollment is required. Undocumented and DACA students are also eligible for institutional talent and specialty-awards offered to all students.

Talent and Specialty Awards: Students admitted to Edgewood College are invited to apply for competitive merit and need-based awards typically ranging from $500-$8,000. Students are selected for these awards based on their demonstrated interests and experiences.  Undocumented and DACA students are also eligible for institutional talent and specialty-awards offered to all students.

Please review Transfer Scholarship opportunities here: Transfer Scholarships 

Who to Contact with Questions:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions

Derek Johnson, Director of Freshmen Admissions

608-663-2327, DerekJohnson@edgewood.edu

Edgewood Central/Financial Aid Office: 

Kari Gribble, Director of Edgewood Central and Financial Aid

608-663-2305, KGribble@edgewood.edu

Office of Diversity & Inclusion:

Tony García, Director of Diversity & Inclusion

608-663-3274, Diversity@edgewood.edu

Internal Resources & Support:

Community Navigators are volunteers who receive specialized training to provide quality immigration services for their communities in an empowering and effective way.

This group of faculty and staff are engaged in community outreach, organizing, screening, document preparation, and/or application assistance related to administrative relief and implementation.

Community Navigators at Edgewood College:

  1. Tony García, Director of Diversity & Inclusion
  2. Kelley Grorud, Associate Academic Dean
  3. Will Hutter, Associate Dean, Psychology
  4. Frances Johnson, Coordinator of Accelerated Secondary Program, School of Education
  5. Gerardo Mancilla, Director of Education Administration and Leadership, School of Education
  6. Hollie McCrea Olson, Area Hall Director, Residence Life
  7. Donna Vukelich-Selva, Associate Professor, School of Education
  8. Julie Whitaker, Associate Professor, Social Sciences
  9. Mary Bathum, Associate Professor, School of Nursing

Sharing the Dream Committee is a group of faculty and staff at Edgewood College that are committed to enhancing the quality of life for undocumented students. This committee created the Edgewood College DREAMers Scholarship, started an Immigration Film Series, organize workshops and educational seminars for the campus community, and stay current with research and best practices to enhance support and services for undocumented students.

Members of the Sharing the Dream Committee:

  1. Tony García, Director of Diversity & Inclusion
  2. Donna Vukelich-Selva, Associate Professor, School of Education
  3. Gerardo Mancilla, Director of Education Administration and Leadership, School of Education
  4. Will Hutter, Associate Dean, Psychology
  5. Julie Whitaker, Associate Professor, Social Sciences
  6. Jennifer Young, Assistant Director of Edgewood Central (Financial Aid)
  7. Sheila Hopkins, Director of TESOL Program, School of Education
  8. Derek Johnson, Director of Freshmen Admissions
  9. Maria Sierra, Utilization & Operations Manager, Facilities Operations
  10. Maureen Zach, Bilingual Admissions Counselor
  11. Tricia Dusick, Civic Engagement Coordinator

External Resources & Scholarships

Scholarship Resource Guide

Scholarships Open to Students Regardless of Immigration Status

Golden Door Scholars

Scholarships Open to Undocumented Students

Latinos United for College Education Scholarships (Madison-based)

Know Your Rights

Key Resource Guide for the Latino Community

Resources for Immigrant Students & Families, Madison Metro School District

Latino Education Council Scholarship

Online Self-Screening Tool for Immigration Status

Protect Dreamers in Higher Education Coalition

Pursuing the College Dream