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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

UMBC students who are eligible to remain in the United States under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) are ineligible for Federal Student Aid and institutional need-based financial aid. However, DACA students may be considered for UMBC merit scholarships.

Beginning with the 2019-2020 award year, qualified children of undocumented immigrants who are eligible for in-state tuition under 15-106.8 of the MD Education Article are also eligible to apply for various State financial aid grants and scholarships. The Maryland State Financial Aid Application (MSFAA) is available to applicants who are ineligible to receive federal aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You can learn more about the MSFAA here.

Students may also find the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) Tip Sheet for Undocumented Students helpful in answering some general questions regarding the financial aid eligibility for undocumented and deferred action students.

A Q&A Sheet entitled Financial Aid and Undocumented Students has been released by the Department of Education to provide additional guidance to undocumented students and their families.

Questions regarding eligibility for in-state residency may be directed to the Registrar’s Office.