DACA: DACA Information and Resources for Current and Future Lions
WE ARE COMMITTED TO OUR DACA AND UNDOCUMENTED CURRENT/FUTURE LIONS
Welcome to the new A&M-Commerce DACA/undocumented students resources site! We are committed to the success and well-being of each member of our Lion family, and this page is intended to help you access the support and resources you need to succeed in your academic and personal life. You belong at A&M-Commerce, and we are here to lend a helping hand.
A second letter from the president
May 8, 2020
Dear A&M-Commerce Latinx Family,
I want to take this opportunity to check in and see how you are doing. I know this is an extremely stressful time with the many uncertainties surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and the pending decision by the U. S. Supreme Court. I want you to know that we are here for you. We are here to provide you with the many services on our campus to aid you during these unprecedented times. In fact, our staff and students have implemented a weekly LatinxLions series and a DACA/Undocumented webpage dedicated to our unique populations.
We would love to hear your feedback on both so that we can continue to lead the effort in providing services. If there is anything we can do to help you, please do not hesitate to reach out.
We are committed to the success and well-being of each member of our Lion family and we appreciate the rich culture and heritage you bring to the university. I encourage you to stay strong and persevere through these challenging times.
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DACA: Upcoming Events
We are planning several on-campus events and services to support our international DACA-eligible students. Subscribe to our DACA calendar for updates!
DACA: Admission to A&M-Commerce
Admission to A&M-Commerce
Did you know that, through Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), individuals who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible to attend college in the United States?
In fact, qualified individuals in Texas are eligible for in-state tuition under the 36-Month Provision, which allows residency to qualified international students through high school graduation in Texas.* To establish residency through high school graduation, a person must:
- Graduate from a Texas high school or receive a GED in Texas AND
- Physically reside in Texas for the 36 consecutive months immediately prior to high school graduation AND
- Physically reside in Texas for the 12 consecutive months immediately prior to the census date of the semester in which the student enrolls in a Texas public college or university.
If you are thinking about attending A&M-Commerce, please visit our admissions page or email [email protected] to learn more about admission requirements, residency requirements, or to fill out an application. You may also contact 903.886.5000 to speak with an admissions representative.
DACA: Scholarships and Financial Aid
Scholarships and Financial Aid
Although DACA-eligible students do not qualify for federal student aid, many other scholarships and financial aid options are available to help cover college costs. If you are a current or future student, visit Financial Aid to discover your options.
Applying for Financial Aid – TASFA
Applying for Financial Aid – TASFA
Check out the criteria below to see if you should complete the Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA).
In 2001, the Texas Legislature passed legislation allowing certain categories of foreign students to meet state requirements for residency. This classification enables these students to pay resident tuition and fee rates while attending public institutions of higher education in Texas. The classification also allows these students to meet residency requirements for some state financial aid programs.
Step 1: To receive this classification, you must be able to meet one of the three criteria below:
- You must hold a visa that enables you to domicile in the United States. You (or your parent(s), if you are a dependent) must be gainfully employed in Texas for at least 12 months.
- You (regardless of INS status) have petitioned for permanent residency status (have filed an I-130 or I-140).
- You have resided in Texas for three years leading up to graduation from high school or the receipt of a GED certificate, living at least part of that time with a parent or court-appointed legal guardian. You have not established a residence in another state or location and have not taken ANY college hours prior to fall 2001 that required admission to an institution of higher education. (This includes hours taken through dual enrollment while attending high school).
Step 2: If you qualify for resident status based on one of the three criteria listed, you are eligible to apply for state aid. Please complete the Texas Application for State Financial Aid.
Step 3: To verify your earnings, attach to your application the appropriate tax return transcript with W-2s appropriate to the academic year. Applications for assistance cannot be fully considered until all of the required application forms are received by the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office and the applicant is fully admitted as a regular degree-seeking student. Contact the Admissions Office for admission information.
DACA: INFORMATION AND RESOURCES – BEYOND CAMPUS*
INFORMATION AND RESOURCES – BEYOND CAMPUS*
Immigrant Legal Resource Center
National Immigration Law Center
National Immigration Law Center publishes important DACA information, including:
- Status of current DACA litigation: Stay up to date on lawsuits challenging last year’s DACA termination.
- DACA Litigation Timeline: Find out key recent and upcoming dates affecting the status of DACA.
State Bar of Texas
State Bar of Texas features a comprehensive search tool to help you find qualified immigration attorneys based on a variety of criteria, including fee options offered.
The United States Department of Homeland Security
The United States Department of Homeland Security publishes the most accurate information about immigration regulations, policies and updates.
- Homeland Security’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) page provides important updates on DACA rulings.
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), a division of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, provides forms, news, citizenship information, tools and legal resources for citizen-seeking individuals.
- The USCIS’ archived DACA page features previous DACA updates, important information about DACA requests and other DACA-related information.
- The USCIS also provides tips for correctly filing DACA renewal forms.
The United States Department of Justice
The United States Department of Justice features a national directory of pro-bono legal services, including Texas providers. The list includes legal immigration services available to undocumented persons in Texas.
* All external links in this section are meant solely to provide potential resources to students. As such, the university is not responsible for content or views contained therein. Students are always encouraged to check with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and United States Immigration and Citizenship Services (USCIS) to get the most accurate information about immigration regulations, policies and updates.