University of Wisconsin–Madison

Undocumented Student Support

As a student population in the U.S., there are unique challenges for dreamers who may be DACA-mented, undocumented. Chancellor Blank has publicized a statement on executive order on immigration and has signed a statement in support of DACA and Undocumented Immigrant Students. The Multicultural Student Center is a place for all students to seek support, resources, and community building opportunities.

This page has been compiled by the Undocumented Student Task Force led by the MSC. The Undocumented Students taskforce consists of campus partners, faculty, staff, and community liaisons. The taskforce focuses on awareness and advocacy, student services, research, policy and procedures, and community partnerships in order to better serve DACA/undocumented students at UW Madison. A directory of the taskforce members will be created, but for more information, please contact Maria Ahmad at For additional information, please contact Satya Chima, Student Resource, Referral and Education Specialist, or (608) 263-5700.


Updated 11/1/17

The University of Wisconsin-Madison welcomes and supports students without regard to their immigration status.

We understand that since news about the possible rescission of DACA, many of you and your family members are living with uncertainty. The university is committed to supporting members of our undocumented community and offers the following information to help better understand the potential impact.

General Questions

  • What is DACA? (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)

    DACA is a program created by presidential executive order in 2012 that allows some unauthorized immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children to request deferred removal action. Individuals granted DACA status are allowed to stay in the U.S. for generally a two-year period, subject to renewal, and to also obtain work authorization.

  • What is the current status of DACA?

    On September 5, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the termination and phase out of the DACA program, effective March 5, 2018.

    Under DHS’s phase out plan, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is no longer accepting initial requests for DACA status submitted after September 5, 2017.

    Current DACA recipients will maintain the benefits through the expiration date of their status, at which time they will no longer be eligible for deferred action.

  • Do I have to drop out of school when my DACA status expires?

    No. Enrollment at UW-Madison is not based on DACA status and will not be affected by the phase-out of the DACA program.

  • Who at UW can access information on my DACA status?

    UW does not hold any official records related to an individual’s DACA status nor does the UW have access to that info.

  • Will UW release my information to ICE?

    UW will not voluntarily share any student information with ICE, but they may have to provide such information if the information is subject to a subpoena or ICE otherwise obtains some sort of lawful order that requires compliance.

  • Can ICE come into my classroom or dorm? What are my rights if this happens?

    ICE has designated classrooms and places of worship as “sensitive locations,” meaning that ICE will make arrests at a sensitive location only in exigent circumstances or emergency situations requiring swift action to prevent imminent danger to life or serious damage to property, or to forestall the imminent escape of a suspect, or destruction of evidence.

    Individuals confronted by ICE agents may invoke the right to remain silent and to refuse to answer questions or consent to any kind of search.

  • Are there free legal services available on or nearby campus?

    The Immigrant Justice Clinic (IJC) provides legal services to Wisconsin’s under-served immigrant community and in particular, indigent non-citizens. This may include filing applications for humanitarian relief available to non-citizen victims of crime, persecution, and human trafficking, or defending non-citizens facing removal in Immigration Court. Please note that IJC does not assist with student or employment visas. For inquiries and questions about IJC’s legal services, please call: 608-890-3753. IJC is housed within the University of Wisconsin Law School.

    The Community Immigration Law Center conducts free legal intakes at Christ Presbyterian Church, 944 East Gorham Street, every other Friday. Any person can show up, receive an intake, and have the opportunity to speak with an immigration attorney.

  • As a DACA student, can I travel outside the U.S.?

    DACA recipients who currently have authorization to travel outside the U.S. (known as Advance Parole) will maintain that benefit until it expires or is revoked.

    No new authorizations for travel outside the U.S. under standards related to the DACA program will be issued.

    Even if a DACA recipient has Advance Parole status, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has indicated it will continue to exercise its discretion in admitting any individual at the border.

  • Can I keep my campus job?

    Current DACA recipients retain authorization to work in the U.S. until their DACA status expires. If a DACA recipient provides updated paperwork based on a renewal of DACA status in the next 6 months, the university should complete an I-9 based on that paperwork. Once a DACA employee’s I-9 expires, the university must re-verify that individual’s work authorization or following the university’s procedures regarding lack of work authorization.

Enrollment Questions

  • Do I have to drop out of school when my DACA status expires?

    No. Any student, regardless of immigration status or lack thereof, is legally allowed to enroll in universities in the U.S. Enrollment at UW-Madison is not based on DACA status and will not be affected by the phase-out of the DACA program.

  • Can anyone check to see if I’m currently enrolled at UW-Madison, or get my name, home address, or phone from my student records?

    The federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) generally prohibits the university from sharing information from your education records without your written consent. However, there are exceptions.

    Certain information about you, referred to as “Directory Information” can be shared with others without your consent. Directory information is public information unless you have a FERPA hold on your student record and for third-party requests (like a company wanting to market to students). Read more about directory information here.

    Even with a FERPA hold, the university may share your information with others in certain situations. For example, UW-Madison employees with an academic need to know (like your professor) will still be able to access certain pieces of your student record. We may also be legally required to provide information from your education record in response to a subpoena or other governmental order or request.

    Place a FERPA hold on your student records by following the steps here.

    Read more about FERPA here.

    The Office of the Registrar helps all students with their questions about student records and privacy: 608-262-3811;;


  • Someone from outside the University contacted my professor asking about my student record. Can my professor give them my information?

    Please see the response above. All employees are obligated to follow the same FERPA restrictions noted above. Whether information should be released will always depend on who is asking, what information is being requested, and whether you have a FERPA hold on your student records.

    Faculty and staff should contact the Office of the Registrar if anyone is asking for access to student records, who does not have a specific academic need to know that information: 608-262-3811;;

  • What is the official way to stop being enrolled at UW-Madison?

    If you leave the UW during a semester, you should “withdraw” from the University. You can begin your withdrawal request in Student Center here.

    Your withdrawal request is reviewed by your academic dean and then by the Office of the Registrar.

    If you have already enrolled in courses for a future semester, you should also drop those courses.

    The Office of the Registrar can help you understand the steps involved, and the impacts that withdrawing can have on your academic record, tuition (depending on when in the semester you withdraw, you may be eligible for a tuition refund), and returning to the university (called “reentry,” and a process you begin in Student Center): 608-262-3811;;

    For specific questions, please contact Assistant Registrar Keri Allard: 608-890-0164;

  • How can I get access to my student record and transcript?

    Students have access to MyUW and Student Center from any internet-connected device. Your netID, or ability to use Student Center, does not expire.

    Important tech suggestions for departing students, faculty, and staff

    You can view your student record and create free PDF letters showing verification of your enrollment (, degrees that you’ve earned (, as well as grades, courses you’ve taken, etc.

    If you need an official transcript from UW-Madison, please order your free transcript here. Students can order and receive their UW-Madison transcript no matter how long it’s been since they studied here, or whether they remember their netID.

    Copies of your diploma can be ordered here.

  • Can Wisconsin residence for tuition purposes have an effect on my immigration status?

    No. Wisconsin resident or non-resident status is established only to determine tuition rates, and in some cases eligibility for UW programs that are open only to students who qualify as Wisconsin residents, according to Wisconsin Statutes. Establishing Wisconsin resident status for tuition purposes doesn’t grant a student a federal immigration status to live in the State of Wisconsin as a temporary or permanent legal resident.

    Look at Residence For Tuition Purposes

    In addition, undocumented students, including DACA students, are not eligible for in-state tuition under Wisconsin Statutes.

Admissions Questions

Financial Aid Questions

University of Wisconsin System Policy Statement Regarding Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation

It is the policy of the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System to maintain an academic and work environment free of discrimination, discriminatory harassment, or retaliation for all students and employees. Discrimination is inconsistent with the efforts of the University of Wisconsin System to foster an environment of respect for the dignity and worth of all members of the university community and to eliminate all manifestations of discrimination within the university. The Board is also committed to the protection of individual rights under the First Amendment (and related principles of academic freedom) and in preserving the widest possible dialogue within its educational environment.

Discrimination or discriminatory harassment that is based upon an individual’s characteristics which are protected under institution policy, state law or federal law (“protected status”) is prohibited. Harassment is a form of discrimination and is prohibited. In addition, any form of retaliation against students or employees will not be tolerated. Any person who believes they have been subject to this type of prohibited activity should immediately report it to the appropriate institution official or office.

The following protections shall apply to this policy in regard to an individual’s characteristics

Student protected status: No student may be denied admission to, or participation in or the benefits of, or be discriminated against in any service, program, course or facility of the system or its institutions on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, ancestry, disability, pregnancy, marital or parental status, or any other category protected by law, including physical condition or developmental disability as defined in Wisconsin Statutes §51.01(5).



Five things you should know

There is no federal law that prohibits the admission of undocumented immigrants to U.S. colleges, public or private. All students are welcome to apply to Edgewood College, Madison College, and UW-Madison regardless of their citizenship or residency status. Residency status is not a factor that is considered in admission, but tuition rates are different for students who are from in-state and students who are identified as out-of-state.

To learn more about academic programs and admissions to either Edgewood College, Madison College, or UW-Madison, and to complete an application for admission, please visit these pages:

1. University of Wisconsin-Madison

a. *ESTIMATED* 2017-18 Academic Year Cost of Attendance

**The below estimates account for the proposed and approved tuition increase for non-residents**

Wisconsin Resident Non Resident Minnesota Resident
On Campus Off Campus On Campus Off Campus On Campus Off Campus
Tuition & Fees $10,488.48 $10,488.48 $34,738.16 $34,738.16 $13,761.12 $13,761.12
Books & Supplies $1,200.00 $1,200.00 $1,200.00 $1,200.00 $1,200.00 $1,200.00
Room $8,060.00 $7,028.00 $8,060.00 $7,028.00 $8,060.00 $7,028.00
Board $2,782.00 $3,814.00 $2,782.00 $3,814.00 $2,782.00 $3,814.00
Miscellaneous $2,300.00 $2,300.00 $2,300.00 $2,300.00 $2,300.00 $2,300.00
Travel $760.00 $760.00 $1,370.00 $1,370.00 $1,050.00 $1,050.00
Loan Fees $64.00 $64.00 $64.00 $64.00 $64.00 $64.00
Total $25,654.48 $25,654.48 $50,514.16 $50,514.16 $29,217.12 $29,217.12

c. Note:

i. Residency for tuition purposes is determined by the residence examiner in the Office of the Registrar.

ii. An Official Document Fee of $65 is charged to all new UW-Madison students.

iii. There is an additional fee of $275 for New Freshmen and $200 for New Transfer students.

iv. Undergraduate business school tuition for Wisconsin residents and non-residents is additional $1,000.80.

v. Undergraduate business school tuition for Minnesota residents is an additional $1,999.92

vi. Undergraduate engineering school tuition is an additional $1,399.92 for Wisconsin residents and non-residents.

vii. There is no additional tuition charge for undergraduate engineering school for Minnesota residents.

viii. Undergraduate international students will have a $1,000 tuition surcharge added to their tuition as well as International Student Fees. More information about financial aid for international students can be found under General FAQ.

2. Edgewood College

a. Tuition: $27,530

b. Room & Board (Average): $9,870 (for students living in residence halls)

c. Total: $37,400

3. Madison College 

a. $130.35 per associate degree, technical diploma/degree, degree certificates, or non-degree enrichment credit;

b. $176.35 per college transfer (Liberal Arts Transfer) credit;

c. $260.00 per community service credit, plus materials fee;

d. $10.80 per credit Madison Campus’ supplemental fee;

e. $3.25 per credit Regional Campus’ supplemental fee;

f. $1.30 per associate degree or college transfer credit academic achievement fee, and a

g. $46.00 commuter services supplemental fee charged to all students taking at least one degree credit at a Madison location.

h. 2016-2017 academic year – Non-resident out-of-state tuition is an additional $65.18 per credit for associate degree or technical diplomas. College transfer (Liberal Arts Transfer) out-of-state tuition is an additional $88.18 per credit. Non-resident tuition is not charged for online courses.

Each of our institutions offer a variety of degree options that will lead to your educational, professional, and career goals. To learn about different program options and degree requirements please visit the Academic pages for each institution:

Scholarship Databases

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QuestBridge National College Match Program

Year: High School

Due: September

Award: Strong Academic record, must take ACT or SAT, family income less than $60,000. International students, permanent residents, and U.S. Citizens attending high school are eligible to apply.

Notes: Application opens in August. The QuestBridge National College Match is designed for high school seniors who have shown outstanding academic ability despite facing economic challenges. Most College Match scholarship recipients come from households earning less than $60,000 annually (for a typical family of four) and have experienced long-term academic hardship.



Atlas Shrugged Contest

Year: High School Seniors, College Undergraduates, and Graduate Students

Due: April 28, 2017

Award: $20,000 (1st place-1 Winner), $2,000 (2nd Place- 3 Winners), $1,000 (3rd place – 5 Winners), $100 (Finalists – 25 Winners), $50 (Semifinalists-50 winners); all schools located in states of Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin are eligible for additional prize money: $2,000 (1st Place- 1 Winner), $500 (Finalists- 3 Winners)

Eligibility: No application is required. The contest is open to students worldwide, except where void or prohibited by law.


La Unidad Latina Foundation Scholarship

Year: Current Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Due: October and February

Award: $250-$1,000

Eligibility: Hispanic undergraduate applicants who have a cumulative GPA of 2.80 out of a 4.0 GPA scale. No GPA mentioned for graduate applicants. Eligible degrees include: all Bachelor degrees, Master of Arts, Master of Science, Master of Public Administration/Policy, Master of Social Work, Master of Education, and Master of Divinity.

Notes: Must have completed at least one full-time year of study for undergraduate applicants and at least one full-time semester of study for graduate applicants.



Golden Door Scholars

Year: Applicants can be current high-school students or recent graduates not enrolled in a four-year undergraduate program. Community College students are welcome to apply.

Due: November (check in September for updates)

Award: Full tuition, room and board for a four-year degree.

Elibigility: DACA qualified, lives in a state that doesn’t allow in-state tuition for DACA students (Wisconsin), interested in technology or applying technology to their chosen field of student.


Dr. Juan Andrade, Jr. Scholarship for Young Hispanic Leaders

Year: High School Senior or current College Student

Due: December 31, 2016

Award: $500-$1,000

Eligibility: Applicant must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a full-time student, in a four-year or two-year institution in the U.S. or U.S. territories, and demonstrate a verifiable need for financial support. At least one parent must be of Hispanic ancestry. Recipients must also be available to attend the National USHLI Conference (February 16-19, 2017).

Notes: Muist provide SSN or ITIN.



Comcast Scholarship

Year: High School Senior

Due: December

Award: $1,000

Eligibility: All nominations for the Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program must be made exclusively by the Scholar’s Principal or Guidance Counselor. A student nominated must demonstrate a strong commitment to community service and display leadership abilities in school activities or through work experience, and have a grade point average of 2.8 or higher.

Notes: Applications are sent to eligible high schools students; check in with a Principal or Guidance Counselor and have them contact to find out of their high school is eligible.


CustomMade Scholarship

Year: Any student enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at any accredited American college, university, or trade school.

Due: December

Award: $1,000

Eligibility: Applicants must submit one exceptional essay of 1,000 words minimum on the following topic: “Why buy custom furniture?” Winner(s) will be confirmed ONLY after providing proof of enrollment in the form of a copy of a tuition bill OR letter of proof from the accredited US college or university at which the winners will be publicly announced on, and CustomMade will mail the winner(s) their check. Contact:


Scholarship America Dream Award

Year: Be a sophomore year level or higher

Due: Mid-December

Award: Between $5,000 and $15,000 annually, growing by $1,000 each year until graduation

Eligibility: Be US Citizens, US Permanent Residents, or DACAmented, have a high school diploma from a US School and a minimum GPA of 3.0


Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Foundation Essay Contest

Year: College Juniors/Seniors

Due: Mid-December

Award: First Prize – $5,000, Second Prize: $2,500, Third Prize: $1,500, Two Honorable Mentions: $500 each

Eligibility: Registered undergraduate, full-time Juniors and Seniors at accredited four-year colleges or universities in the US during the Fall Semester. The essay must be the original, unpublished work of one student. Only one essay per student per year may be submitted.


Hispanic Scholarship Fund

Year: High School Seniors, Undergrads, Grad Students, and Community College Transfers

Due: Various (Most due in December and January)

Award: Various ranging from $500-$5000

Eligibility: Be of Hispanic Heritage, GPA minimum (HS: 3.0, College+: 2.5), U.S. Citizen, Permanent Legal Resident, DACAmented or Undocumented.



Point Foundation: College Scholarships for LGBT Students

Year: At least a Senior in High School

Due: January

Award: Unspecified

Eligibility: Must be enrolled or intending to enroll at an accredited college/university in the US; must be “out” as a person who identifies as a member of the LGBTQ community; must be enrolled full-time for the academic year; must be enrolleged in a degree granting undergraduate or graduate/doctoral program; post-docs, students at community colleges, online programs, or trade schools are not eligible; community college students must be transferring to a 4 year college/program; must at least by a Senior in High School; selected finalist must be available to fly to Los Angeles on April 20-22.


Microsoft Minority Scholarship

Year: Currently Attending a 4 Year institution

Due: End of January

Award: Full/Partial Tuition for one Academic Year (tuition only)

Eligibility: Enrolled full time in a bachelor’s degree program at a 4 year institution in the US, Canada, or Mexico at the time the application is submitted; open to students pursuing Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or a related STEM degree; maintain a cumulative 3.0/4.0 or 4.0/5.0 GPA.



Frank Kazmierczak Memorial Migrant Scholarship

Year: Current College Student

Due: Feburary 1

Award: $1,000

Eligibility: Child of Migrant worker or a migrant worker; must have recent history of migration within the last 3 years; teaching as a career goal, scholastic achievement, financial need


Chin: Shui Kuen and Allen Chin Scholarship

Year: Incoming Freshman or current, full-time undergraduate

Due: February 24

Award: 2 awards of $1,000 each

Eligibility: Student or parent currently/formerly employed at an Asian-owned or Asian Cuisine Restaurant; any ethnic heritage; community advocacy and social justice work on behalf of Asian American, immigrant, gay and lesbian and/or other progressive causes; minimum GPA of 3.0; financial need; no citizenship status requirement.


Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Scholar-Intern Programs

Year: Various Due: February-August (Varied)

Award: Varied by Internship

Eligibility: Varied; Individuals who are seeking consideration under DACA must possess an Employment Authorization Document at the time of application



QuestBridge College Prep Scholarship

Year: High School Junior

Due: March

Award: Scholarship for summer programs, workshops, admissions counseling, mentoring, all-expense-paid visits to college campuses, eligibility of Quest for Excellence Awards

Eligibility: Strong academic record, family income less than $65,000/year for a family of four. Open to all U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents and students, regardless of citizenship, currently attending high school in the U.S.


Humane Education Network: A Voice for Animals High School Essay Contest

Year: High School students

Due: March

Award: $300-$600

Eligibility: Must be currently attending high school or be homeschooled; Ages 14-19; rules and requirements vary each year.



Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund

Year: Undergraduate and Graduate

Due: April 1

Eligibility: US Citizenship is not required for this scholarship but applicants must attend a college within the US. Need-based grants for students are are able to do academic work at the college level or are enrolled in a trade or technical program and are actively working for peace and justice.


Gloria Mattera National Migrant Scholarship Fund

Year: Entering or enrolled in college or other types of post-secondary program, high school dropouts or potential dropouts

Due: April 1

Award: Up to $250

Eligibility: Migrant youth who have the potential and desire to further their education to achieve their personal and career goals. Have scholastic potential, financial need, enrolled in or accepted at an accredited public or private college, technical or vocational school, or dropout or a potential dropout from high school who shows promise of ability to continue schooling.


Great Minds in STEM HEENAAC Awards

Year: Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Due: April

Award: $1,000-$10,000

Eligibility: Applicants must demonstrate leadership through academic achievements and campus/community activities, be Science, Technology, Engineering or Math related majors, must have an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher, be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program for the preceding fall semester, at an accredited 2 year or 4 year college/university in the US or its territories, and be of Hispanic origin and or must significantly participate in and promote organizations and activities in the Hispanic community.



Health Careers Scholarship Program

Year: Sophomore+

Due: EarlyMay

Award: Unspecified

Eligibility: If you are graduating with an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution at the end of the Spring Term of 2017 through the Spring Term of 2018, you are eligible to apply. You must be enrolled as a full-time student and pursuing a career in a health related field for the two full semesters leading up to your graduation date. International students are eligible to apply. GPA minimum of 3.0 or higher. There is no pre-determined list of acceptable majors for eligibility. In the past, we have named winners who are majoring in emerging fields such as Music Therapy and Child Development, in addition to more ‘traditional’ majors such as Biology, Nursing and Pharmacy. The applicant’s essay should demonstrate how their chosen major plays a part in their commitment to their health career.


Pedro Zamora Young Leaders Scholarship


Community Navigators of Madison 

Community Navigators are community members who receive specialized training to provide quality immigration services for their communities in an empowering and effective way. Madison Community Navigators seek to become better advocates for the Wisconsin community through connecting them with local resources and organizations. They identify and set goals through communication and collaboration amongst local advocates.



Community Partners

  • Centro Hispano 
    • Youth Programs for high school students:
      • Escalera: The Escalera Program uses a national model to provide services to Latinos in grades 9-12 to promote economic mobility through increasing academic achievement, facilitating career planning and provided information about advanced careers. Currently at West and East High Schools
      • [Re]Generación: is a leadership program created in 2015 by youth facilitators for Latinx high school students in the Madison area. Through different workshops and activities we engage youth in culture, identity, and the arts to strengthen their voice in our community.
      • Immigration Services: Consultations for DACA, Naturalization, Permanent Residency and family cases.

Student Organizations

  • Association of Latin@ Students (AL@S) at Edgewood College 

ALaS at Edgewood strives to support and motive students with multicultural origins, with the ultimate goal of enriching our educational experience, as well as that of others. We represent the Latino population through promoting and disseminating characteristics of our cultural and ethnic background. We also aim to share continuing educational opportunities and resources with the Latin community. Ultimately, we strive to fully support one another and our community. If you are interested in learning more about ALaS, email us at

  • Dreamers of UW-Madison 

The purpose of this organization is to advocate for undocumented/DACAmented students pursuing higher education. Additionally, DREAMERS aims to educate students, faculty, staff, and communities regarding the struggles and the needs of these students. This organization hopes to provide resources and serve as a support group to undocumented/DACAmented students whether they are in high school, undergraduate, or graduate school. We strive to provide series of educational workshops and presentations in various places such as schools, churches, classrooms and communities, along with mentoring services. Finally, we hope to organize fundraisers to provide undocumented/DACAmented students with scholarships to fund their educational endeavours . DREAMERS advocate and take action to ensure that students have equal access to higher education and become leaders of tomorrow.