What is DACA?

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is administrative relief from deportation for eligible immigrants. As of now:

  • DACA recipients can apply to renew their status

  • Individuals who have had DACA but whose status has expired can re-apply for DACA

  • Individuals who have not had DACA in the past are able to apply for it 

Please visit this site for more information.

Applying to Appalachian State University

As of now there are no federal or North Carolina laws that prohibit public or private colleges from admitting undocummented individuals. During the application process students are required to use the Residency Determination Service in order to confirm them as “residents” or “non-residents.” This is what determines their tuition. If you are a U.S. citizen but your parents are undocummeted the information found on this website may be helpful to you.

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Financing for Undocumented and DACA Students

We are and will continue to monitor federal and state actions regarding DACA. Due to federal and state regulations DACAmented students are not able to receive federal financial aid or in-state tuition rate. However, there are still resources available to help off-set the cost. 

Transferring to Appalachian State 

Other students have attended a community college before attending Appalachian. The legal council for the North Carolina Community College System has said the following: 

Pursuant to N.C.G.S § 115D-39(a), “when an employer other than the Armed Forces . . . pays tuition for an employee to attend [a community college] and . . . the employee works at a North Carolina business location, the employer shall be charged the in-state tuition rate.” If a student with DACA classification is employed at a North Carolina business location and the employer of the DACA student working at the North Carolina business location wants to pay for the DACA student to attend a community college, the employer shall be charged the in-state tuition rate.

Like many of our other members of the Appalachian Family students can join us after attending a North Carolina community college.

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