DACA and Undocumented Students

The School of Education considers applications for graduate programs, regardless of citizenship status, based upon academic merit and achievement. We are morally committed to supporting all of students regardless of the identities they hold.

Statement from the Dean:

Today is a good day for us to remember our individual and collective legacies of constructive resilience in the face of destructive forces. The Trump administration's decision to end DACA—a decision that affects 800,000 individuals who work, study and serve this country alongside us and a decision that leaves them with no option of retaining their status—is an act of grievous injustice. Any policy that cuts off possibilities for education and employment, on the basis of distinctions stemming from racist and xenophobic ideologies, violates fundamental human rights. We believe in upholding the dignity and full capacity of every human being. We believe no human being is illegal, and we stand in solidarity with our DACAmented and undocumented students and colleagues... See the full statement from Dean Shabnam Koirala



Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities Statement:

USF has joined with the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities to express their unwavering support for Undocumented students.

If you would like to read the full statement please visit the following link: AJCU President's Statement

Application & Admissions

The University of San Francisco considers applications for graduate programs, regardless of citizenship status, based upon academic merit and achievement. Your application will be handled with the utmost confidentiality and care. Please contact Amy Fogliani (afogliani@usfca.edu), the Admissions & Outreach Director, for guidance with your application.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Undocumented students do not have legal U.S. immigration status, which prevents them from receiving state (Cal Grant) and federal (FAFSA) financial aid. However, there are several places that offer financial assistance and support to undocumented students. The list below consists of some external resources and scholarships available to undocumented students.


Hispanic Scholarship Fund

Scholarship search

Fastweb Scholarship Search

MALDEF Scholarship

Salef Scholarship


Hispanic Education Endowment Fund 

WACAC Scholarship Guide

FinAid Directory

Western Union Foundation Family Scholarship Program

U.S. Hispanic Leadership Institute

Scholarship A-Z

College Success Foundation

Ready Set College

The Anhelo Project

Dreamer’s Road Map

USF Magis Scholarship for Undocumented/DACA Graduate Students — For more information, please contact Lori Prince, lprince2@usfca.edu.

School of Education scholarship for undocumented students — online application. If you have questions about the application, please contact Lisa Klope, lklope@usfca.edu.

Undocumented Allies

The University of San Francisco's faculty and administrators are committed to helping undocumented students navigate the university. Whether a current or prospective student, these individuals are a great resource, for questions & support. All inquiries will be handled not only with the utmost care & confidentiality, but genuine compassion.

School of Education Admissions
Amy Fogliani
Admissions & Outreach Director
Email: afogliani@usfca.edu
Telephone: (415) 422-2107

Office of Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach
Mary Wardell-Ghirarduzzi
Vice Provost for Diversity and Community Engagement
Email: mjwardell@usfca.edu
Telephone: (415) 422-2821

Ria DasGupta
Diversity and Community Relations Program Manager
Email: aadasgupta@usfca.edu
Telephone: (415) 422-2828

Financial Aid
Norman Caito
Email: caiton@usfca.edu
Telephone: (415) 422-2624

Gender and Sexuality Center
Alejandro Covarrubias
Assistant Director
Email: afcovarrubias@usfca.edu
Telephone: (415) 422-2848

Undocumented Student Group at USF
Genevieve Negrón-Gonzales
Assistant Professor, Higher Education and Student Affairs
Student Group Adviser
Email: gnegrongonzales@usfca.edu

Chican@-Latin@ Studies
Karina Hodoyan
Associate Professor
Email: kahodoyan@usfca.edu
Telephone: (415) 422-5964

University Ministry
Luis Bazan
Associate Director
Email: lebazan@usfca.edu
Telephone: (415) 422-2708

For General Questions please contact the Office of Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach at diversity@usfca.edu or call (415) 422-282.

Legal Support & Services

The University of San Francisco does not provide Legal Support/Counseling, but Undocumented students may seek out the following legal advocacy groups for support & information.




National Immigration Law Center

Immigration Legal Resource Center

Immigrant Justice

Undocumented Student Definitions

The School of Education is dedicated to promoting awareness & understanding of the issues, values and concerns surrounding Undocumented Students.

Directly borrowed from the Office of Diversity & Community Engagement the following terminology is often used in discussions surrounding Undocumented Students.

Cultural citizenship— Used to describe undocumented people who take part in the class, cultural, and linguistic knowledge and skills that establish the cultural capital of social groups in the U.S.

DREAMer — Refers to undocumented students who benefit from the DREAM Act. DREAMer is commonly used by students who connect with the DREAM Act movement and as a way to navigate away from the negative connotations given to terms such as undocumented, immigrant, and non-U.S. citizen.

Entry without inspection — Refers to individuals who have entered the U.S. without presenting normative government accreditation (i.e. visa).

Financial aid — Commonly refers to financial assistance available through the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Federal Student Aid and the state of California. Student aid covers school expenses such as tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, and transportation. Learn more about financial aid for undocumented students.

Illegal — A racially charged slur used to dehumanize and discriminate against immigrants and people of color regardless of migratory status. The word is shorthand for "illegal alien," "illegal immigrant" and other harmful terms. The Applied Research Center (ARC) and Colorlines.com, have presented the Drop The L-Word campaign to eradicate the slur from everyday use and public discourse.

International student — Includes any student who currently holds a visa of any type or is seeking a visa. Undocumented students are not considered international applicants because many do not qualify for a visa and, therefore, do not have to go through the international admission process.

Legal citizenship — Obtained by individuals who are residing in the U.S. legally due to the attainment of permanent residency or citizenship through a visa or green card. These individuals obtain a social security number (SSN).

Mixed status family — Families in which one or more members are undocumented. It is important to know this information because it may affect the way a student fills out their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Non-citizen —Applies to students who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents, do not hold a valid visa, or are not seeking a visa for study or documentation for residency in the U.S.

Overstayed visa — Refers to individuals who have stayed in the U.S. after their tourist, visitor, or student visa has expired.

Unauthorized — Used to describe individuals who possess a birth certificate or identification card but are residing in the U.S. without legal authorization.

Undocumented student — Refers to students who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents, do not hold a visa, or have not applied for legal residency. In many, cases the term non-citizen refers to undocumented students. These students are eligible to be admitted to USF. Undocumented students are not eligible for federal financial aid.


Plyler vs. Doe, 457 US 202 — Establishes that undocumented immigrant students have a right to a K-12 public school education.  This ruling stated that undocumented children who were brought to this country by their parents would be relegated to a permanent underclass in the United States if they were to be denied access to a public school education k-12 due to their undocumented immigrant status.  Unfortunately, the right to a public education was not extended to higher education by the Plyler vs. Doe ruling.

DREAM Act (National) — The Development Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act is a piece of proposed legislation that would provide a pathway to permanent residency and U.S. citizenship for qualified undocumented immigrant students. Congress has not yet approved the DREAM Act.

California DREAM Act — A combination of three bills (Assembly Bill (AB) 540, AB 130 and AB 131) that allow undocumented and nonresident documented students to pay resident fees at public colleges and universities and apply for private scholarships, state-administered financial aid, university grants, and Cal Grants.

Assembly Bill (AB) 130 — Gives undocumented students access to private financial aid in the State of California.

Assembly Bill (AB) 131 — Provides undocumented students who graduate from high school with the opportunity to apply for and participate in all student financial aid programs administered by the State of California.

Assembly Bill (AB) 540 — Exempts certain non-resident students who have attended high school in California and received a high school diploma or its equivalent from the payment of non-resident tuition.

Cal Grant — Financial aid awarded to undocumented students who qualify under AB 540 criteria and have completed the Dream Act application.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) — Establishes that certain individuals who arrive in the U.S. as children may request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal, and would then be eligible for work authorization. The Secretary of Homeland Security makes these determinations on a case-by-case basis.

On September 5, 2017, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced an end to the DACA program. We are looking at the E4FC resources site regularly for updates and guidance.

We make the utmost effort to keep this information up to date and accurate, but if you have specific inquiries please reach out to an Immigration Attorney.