Resources for Dreamers
Scholarships, low-cost education and career programs, employer tuition support, and other opportunities make college and career training possible for Dreamers and undocumented students.
Colleges Offering Full Funding
Several colleges are dedicated to making high-achieving undocumented students’ college dreams come true. These colleges meet 100% of students’ demonstrated financial need with grants, student employment, scholarships, and, in some cases, student loans.
QuestBridge Match Scholarships help students who aren't U.S. citizens or permanent residents study at dozens of colleges and universities nationwide:
College Greenlight offers a list of colleges that meet all financial need for undocumented students:
Generous College Extra Info
Click here for a resource outlining extra information from generous colleges.
MesaCAN Matching Accounts
MesaCAN Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) are matched savings accounts supporting students at any Maricopa Community College campus. The program matches your savings eight to one—if you save $500, you receive $4,000.
Matched funds can be used for tuition and fees, textbooks, school supplies, and any approved course materials for credit, credential, certificate, and clock hour programs.
Eligibility: Applicant’s income is below 200% of the federal poverty limit; net worth is below $10,000 in assets; must have earned income, be 16 years or older, complete a financial-wellness workshop, and save at least $25 per month for at least 6 months, up to $500. Maximum yearly renewable matched funds are $4,000.
MesaCAN IDAs are open to all who meet eligibility, including DACA and Dreamers. For more information, contact Tania Lopez :Phone (480) 833-9200, email firstname.lastname@example.org
MCCCD Clock Hour Programs
Maricopa Community College Clock Hour Programs offer affordable options for quick career training. Clock-hour costs range from $5-$6 per clock hour for all students, including DACA and Dreamers.
Review Clock Hour Programs and start dates at various MCCCD sites.
For more information, contact Arnold Torres at email@example.com or 602-286-8212.
DACA and Dreamers can take advantage of a $2,750 ($5,500 yearly maximum for fall and spring semesters) out-of-state tuition cap.
From more information, contact Sasha Flores at firstname.lastname@example.org or 480-517-8542
Tohono O'odham Community CollegeNow offering classes in Phoenix and on line! Tuition is affordable to ALL students. Online classes are $35 per credit.Paul M. Robertson, Ph.D., President of Tohono O'odham Community College
The National Scholarship Fund for Dreamers helps immigrant youth with at least a 2.5 grade point average who came to the United States before Nov. 1, 2015.
Partner schools in Arizona include Arizona State University, Grand Canyon University, and Benedictine University. GCU and Benedictine will cover any remaining tuition and fees beyond a student's scholarship award.
These national scholarships are highly competitive. Begin your Dream.US application.
MCC Foundation Scholarships (Privately Funded)
The Maricopa Community College Foundation offers two primary scholarship cycles in March and September of each year. Scholarships are open to all MCCCD students including DACA and Dreamers, but only a small portion apply.
Begin your MCC Foundation scholarship application.
Arizona Community Foundation
The Arizona Community Foundation is the state’s largest provider of private scholarships—more than 90 total. Some scholarships are DACA- and Dreamer-friendly. All are competitive and open to students statewide.
Begin your application for an Arizona Community Foundation scholarship:
Phoenix Union Foundation Scholarship Fund
Established to provide college scholarships to students of the Phoenix Union High School District who are pursuing a post-secondary education. The Phoenix Union Foundation Scholarship is located in the ACF Scholarship portal here. For more information about this scholarship, download the PDF.
Alcanzando Un Sueño Scholarship Fund
Funded by Cruz and Associates, the program helps the next generation of Hispanic students achieve their post-secondary education goals. The scholarship is open to exemplary high school seniors of Hispanic descent residing in metro Phoenix who’ve overcome extraordinary challenges in order to achieve academic success.
Isac Amaya Foundation
The Isac Amaya Foundation guides and provides financial resources for students—regardless of their immigration status—to achieve a higher education. Scholarships are competitive and open to students across the state.
Start your Isac Amaya Foundation scholarship application.
Golden Door Scholars Program
This highly competitive national scholarship program provides college access to DACA and Dreamers who came to the US before Nov. 1, 2014. Highly competitive national scholarship.
Start your Golden Door Scholars application:
Immigrant Scholarship Hustle
Immigrant Scholarship Hustle is an intensive scholarship application program for immigrant students in Arizona. Over four sessions, immigrant students will learn to become self-sufficient scholars by developing writing skills and receiving mentorship, financial literacy, and community support to achieve their educational goals.
The program is sponsored in part by Scholarships A-Z, which supports education for all students regardless of immigration status.
The Cooke College Scholarship Program is an undergraduate scholarship program available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend and graduate from the nation's best four-year colleges and universities.Web LINK
We Rise Scholarships
The Consulate General of Mexico in Phoenix and Friendly House created the IME Becas / Friendly House Program, which selects Mexicans or young people of Mexican origin to access a scholarship of up to $ 2,000.00 USD to start or continue their studies at an Arizona university or community college.
Contact: Sandra Valdez, Family Services Manager
College Depot Scholarship Portal
College Depot provides a database of scholarships for everyone – including those with DACA/Dreamer status. Plus free, full-service college planning located inside Burton Barr Library.
Bilingual college planning advisors and assistants offer one-on-one appointments and workshops on college admissions, financial aid, and scholarships. To schedule an appointment, call 602-261-8847.