Aid for Undocumented Students

 Students without legal immigration status that meet certain age, residency, and criminal history requirements, along with an affidavit with the institution they are attending about their intent to legalize their immigration status when they are eligible to do so, may be eligible for institutional need-based financial aid.  This began in the 2018-19 aid year for veterans and Spring 2020 more broadly; this does not apply to non-immigrant visa holders.

More information and the 2019-2020 Aid Application for CT Undocumented Students (AACTUS) can be found on the CSCU website.

Eligibility Requirements

Veteran students must meet the following criteria:

  • Honorably discharged veteran of the US Armed Forces;
  • Thirty years of age or younger on June 15, 2012;
  • Fifteen years of age or younger when they arrived in the United States and have continuously resided in the United States since such arrival; and
  • Have not been convicted of a felony in this state or another state.

All other undocumented students (starting in the 2019-2020 academic year) must meet the following criteria:

  • Classified as an in-state student for tuition purposes;
  • Thirty years of age or younger on June 15, 2012;
  • Sixteen years of age or younger when they arrived in the United States and have continuously resided in the United States since such arrival; and
  • Have not been convicted of a felony in this state or another state.

Institutional financial aid is awarded on the basis of financial need and fund availability.  In order to be considered for institutional financial aid, undocumented students must meet the additional eligibility conditions required of all MCC’s financial aid programs.

Other Resources

We encourage students to search for scholarship opportunities from additional resources as well.  Many organizations do not have restrictions based on citizenship or legal status.

Connecticut Students for a Dream
DREAMer’s Roadmap
United We Dream
Fastweb