filling out college application forms. What you need to know!


Grace Kennedy

Last night, I received the following e-mail from a client of
mine who has an approved DACA petition:

"Hello. I have the dream
act card.

I am applying for
college and was wondering which US residency AND Georgia residency options I
should choose. I've attached screenshots of what all of the options on the
application look like. Please get back to me as soon as possible (preferably by
tomorrow afternoon) because I need to submit the application."

Sorry this is last
minute and thanks for your help

Here are the screen shots he sent me.

For those in DACA status, the answer to this question is "Other."
You are not a citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States if you
are in DACA status. A false claim to United States citizenship could cause you
very serious problems in the future.

The answer to the second question, what kind of visa do you
hold or intend to obtain?  Check "Other."

How to answer "How many years have you lived in the United
States?"- just tell the truth!

Do you claim to be a legal resident of Georgia for tuition
purposes?   No. For now, most DACA recipients will not be
able to get in-state tuition but they may qualify to have the non-resident
portion of their tuition waived via a tuition waiver. The DACA non-resident
tuition waiver may be combined with other scholarships. You should see what’s
available to you by contacting Admissions or the Financial Aid Office at the school
you are applying to.

Originally appeared on Musings on Immigration: An Immigration Attorney's Perspective on Life, Liberty, and Happiness. Reprinted with Permission.

About The Author

Grace KennedyGrace Kennedy holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the National University of Ireland, Dublin ( Honors, 1999) and a Master of Laws Degree from Emory University School of Law (2001). Ms. Kennedy has extensive experience in immigration related adoption issues, family immigration, bonds, removal defense and international business.

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