DREAM Scholars

The Urban Experience Program Supports Undocumented Students
The Urban Experience Program (UEP) compliments the larger mission of the University of Houston by expanding opportunities for the university's diverse student population by preventing minor obstacles from becoming major setbacks to degree achievement.

The priority at UEP is to help students thrive by offering a variety of services that students need to get the most out of their college experience and prepare for a successful future. One of our many goals is to expand opportunities for DACA and undocumented students by providing the support they need to achieve the social and economic mobility they desire. The multifaceted components of our program promotes scholarship, community service, and personal and professional development by offering a holistic approach to advising.

Services for DACA Students

  • Support transitioning for high school to college
  • TASFA assistance
  • Scholarship assistance
  • Grants up to $1,200
  • Financial advising
  • Academic planning and support
  • Career counseling
  • Monitoring to ensure academic success

Visit or call our office to schedule an appointment and learn how UEP can support your continued education!

4365 Cougar Village Dr.
Houston, TX 77204-3017
Student Service Center 1, Bldg. 524, Room 302
Phone: (713) 743-6032
Email: UEPUH@central.uh.edu

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) FAQ's

Yes. DACA students are eligible for state -based financial aid but are not eligible for federal financial aid. To apply for aid, students must file the Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA).
  • Have graduated from a Texas high school or received a general educational development (GED) certificate in Texas,
  • Have lived in Texas for three (3) years leading up to graduation from high school or receipt of GED certificate,
  • Have resided or will have resided in Texas for the 12 months prior to the census date of the semester in which the student enrolls at a college/university, and
  • Have filed or will file an application to become a permanent resident at the earliest opportunity that they are eligible to do so.

For more information, please visit the University of Houston's TAFSA page.

No. Work-study is federal financial aid.
Maybe. You must meet the guidelines according to TASFA.
5-6 months prior to the expiration of your current DACA status.
Yes, but you must apply to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for permission to temporarily travel abroad and return to the U.S. This permission is known as “advance parole”.
Yes. It can be revoked if you are convicted of a crime that would disqualify you from DACA, including crimes related to violence, drugs, sexual abuse, burglary, possession or use of a firearm, driving under the influence, or gangs, you could lose your deferred action and be placed in removal proceedings.

Scholarships for DACA students

The undocumented status of a student exempts them from applying for federal student aid using the FAFSA, but this does not have to be a barrier to attending and succeeding in college. Below are resources that will support undocumented students attaining and funding their higher education.

Resources

United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation. They organize and advocate for the dignity and fair treatment of immigrant youth and families, regardless of immigration status.

Youth Empowerment Alliance is an immigrant youth led organization at the University of Houston that aims to improve the present reality faced by undocumented students by being their voice in and out of campus.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services can provide you with more information on DACA policies.

The Univeristy of Houston Law Center specializes in handing applications for asylum, in representing immigrants, and giving individual assistance to immigrants held in immigration detention centers.

My Undocumented Life is a blog dedicated to providing up-to-date information and resources for undocumented immigrants. They post scholarship opportunities, strategies for navigating the educational system, and overall provide a sense of community.