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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Undocumented and DACA Students

The Division of Student Life strives to develop an awareness and understanding of the experiences of undocumented and DACA students (while maintaining the confidentiality of individual students) and to develop campus resources and processes to address needs related to academic, social, and personal wellbeing.

As President Assanis has stated, “UD welcomes all who are here to learn, teach, discover and serve. Our diversity strengthens us and defines us as a community of scholars and global citizens. Whatever our language or culture, we are united by our abiding commitment to scholarship and our love of learning. We are committed to cultivating an environment of inclusive excellence through our programs, curriculum and institutional culture.”

University services are available to students regardless of immigration or citizenship status. These include admissions decisions, financial aid, the protection and security provided by the UD Police Department, Student Health Services, Center for Counseling and Student Development, on-campus housing, emergency housing, new student orientation, internships, and research programs.

The Division of Student Life seeks to advise undocumented and DACA students and advocate for their individual and community-level needs. There are multiple units within the Division that can serve as a place where you can have private conversations about your experience and identity. As awareness of our undocumented and DACA student population increases, university services are growing.


During the COVID-19 pandemic, the University understands that the needs of our Undocumented and DACA Blue Hens are different than many of our students. Student Diversity and Inclusion (SDI) and the Office of the Dean of Students want you to be aware of resources that are available to you as students during the Spring 2020 semester.

Student Health Care Access and COVID-19 Testing

Students who are in classes for this semester have access to Student Health Services (SHS). For the health and safety of our students and our Student Health Staff, Student Health Service is not accepting walk-in visits. In order to make an appointment, please call Student Health Services at 302-831-2226. You will be given an opportunity to speak with a nurse, who will help guide you in making an appointment and the safest way to enter the Student Health Services building. The current hours for Student Health are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Aetna After Hours Nurse Medical Advice Line is available to all University of Delaware Students at 800-681-3957. As always, If you are experiencing a health emergency, please call 911 or utilize local emergency department services immediately.

In Delaware, there are no barriers to testing anyone who is showing symptoms of COVID-19 based on citizenship status. SHS collects the COVID-19 samples for processing by the state lab.

Mental Health Care Access and Support

The Center for Counseling and Student Development is open and can be reached by calling 302-831-2141 during business hours. Also, the  UD Helpline (302-831-1001) is available if a student needs immediate or after-hours assistance. For those that prefer/need a text option, students can text “UDTEXT” to 741741 to connect with confidential text message support.  Students of color may also text “STEVE” to 741741 to access a trained crisis text line counselor in supporting students of color.

Financial Support

Unfortunately, not all students are eligible to receive funds from the CARES Act. However, the University’s Student Crisis Fund is available to support students who are in financial need. Students can apply for this fund by completing the following application:  Student Crisis Fund Application

If you have questions about the fund, email deanofstudents@udel.edu or you can reach out to staff in the Office of the Dean of Students or Student Diversity and Inclusion directly. Staff in the Office of the Dean of Students will work with you one on one to find ways to access funds and support. 

Student Financial Services is in the process of adjusting accounts for the spring 2020 semester. This process should be completed by April 22, 2020. Please visit your my finances page after that date to see what adjustments have been made to your account.

On-Campus Resources

Student Diversity and Inclusion (SDI) provides an opportunity for students and families to connect with on and off campus resources and speakers related to undocumented and DACA student experiences on campus. SDI also works closely with UniDreamers to advocate for students.

UniDreamers is a registered student organization focused on building a community that establishes resources and support for the undocumented students and families at the University of Delaware. This organization offers academic, social, and resource support for Undocumented students who are trying to excel on campus and sets out to create a better understanding of the experience of undocumented students at UD.

Center for Counseling & Student Development
(CCSD) – Confidential Resource
CCSD provides confidential and private counseling. CCSD will not report who uses their services or the content of therapy sessions without an individual student’s permission. Services are “pre-paid” as part of your tuition and fees and accessible to all students.

Office of the Dean of Students
The Office of the Dean of Students champions the holistic wellbeing of all students at the University of Delaware. They are the central resource for students, parents, faculty, and staff when navigating complex issues of the student experience. They facilitate student success by working alongside students to develop self-advocacy skills, encourage campus engagement, and provide thoughtful interventions. Undocumented and DACA students should know this office is an affirming space where they can get support in relation to their campus experience.

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)
ISSS primarily works with students studying in the United States with a student visa, but additional information about DACA is available on their website.

FERPA/Privacy of your information at UD
FERPA is a federal law that governs how UD will or will not give out your private information to others, including the government. There are choices you can make to further restrict the privacy of your information. Check out your options here.

Blue Hen Success Grant
For some advanced students (i.e., junior or senior) who may be facing a small gap towards closing in on the payment of tuition, the possibility of a Blue Hen Success Grant may be helpful for you to explore.

Select Internships and Scholarships

Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Information and Sites

As of December 7th, 2020: 
• USCIS is accepting first-time requests for consideration of deferred action under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
• USCIS is accepting renewal requests of DACA based on the terms of the DACA policy prior to September 5th, 2017, and in alignment with the Court’s December 4th, 2020, order
• In addition, USCIS is accepting applications for advanced parole documents based on the DACA policy before September 5th, 2017 and in accordance with the Court’s December 4th, 2020, order
• For those with one-year grants of deferred action under DACA, USCIS is extending that time to two years
• For those with one-year employment authorization documents under DACA, USCIS is extending that time to two years

Latest Information on Applying to or Renewing DACA
COVID-19 Public Charge
DACA Application

American Council on Education Protect Dreamers Higher Education Coalition

The Protect Dreamers Higher Education Coalition is dedicated to housing information and resources to help campus leaders, staff, faculty and students advocate to Congress on behalf of Dreamers, young people brought to the United States as children and raised as Americans but living under threat of deportation.

Off-Campus Resources

Though the University does not endorse any particular external resource or guarantee their services, we recognize that there are many resources in our surrounding communities and throughout our region/country that are interested in advocating for undocumented and DACA status students. Here is a short sample of some of those:

Immigrants Rising works to empower undocumented young people to achieve educational and career goals through personal, institutional and policy transformation.

My Undocumented Life
Education-specific resources including information about scholarships and education.

Immigration Advocates Network
The Immigration Advocates Network (IAN) is a collaborative effort of leading immigrants’ rights organizations designed to increase access to justice for immigrants and strengthen the capacity of organizations serving them. IAN promotes more effective and efficient communication, collaboration, and services among immigration advocates and organizations by providing free, easily accessible and comprehensive online resources and tools.

Immigrant Legal Resource Center
Works and educates immigrants, community organizations, and the legal sector to continue to build a democratic society that values diversity and the rights of all people.

National Immigration Law Center
Dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants.

Public Counsel
Law firm specializing in delivering pro bono legal services.

United We Dream
The largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation.