DACA & Undocumented Students
Federal & State financial aid sources require recipients to be U.S. citizens; therefore, these funding opportunities are limited for undocumented students. Grand Valley State University provides institutional grant assistance which is available for admitted students who are having difficulty paying their tuition, regardless of their citizenship status.
To be considered for institutional grant assistance, you must complete an Institutional Grant Assistance Request form to our office.
Students are eligible for merit-based scholarships at Grand Valley State University, provided the student meets the minimum academic requirements. Students are encouraged to use every opportunity before and during college to find internal and external scholarships to offset the cost of attendance.
Scholarship Information for Students Regardless of Citizenship Status
- GVSU myScholarships Database (includes GV scholarship and external scholarship opportunities)
- U.S. Department of Labor's Free Online Scholarship Search
- Scholarships.com – Undocumented/TPS/DACA Scholarships
- Scholarships and Funding Tips for Undocumented Students/DREAMers
- National Immigration Law Center – Resources on Financial Aid and Scholarships
- Generation Progress – Scholarships for Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Alternative loans are non-Federal loans used to supplement financial aid for credit-worthy students and their families. Grand Valley does not have a preferred lender agreement with any private loan lenders and will work with any lender a student requests. There are some loan servicers that will lend funds to a student/family regardless of citizenship status. To start your search, please visit our alternative loan lender list.
Assistant Director of Financial Aid