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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

On June 15, 2012, President Obama signed a memo calling for deferred action for certain undocumented young people who came to the U.S. as children and have pursued education or military service here. The Department of Education has issued the following information to address frequently asked questions.

Scholarship Opportunities for DACA Students

While DACA and undocumented students are not eligible to receive federal and State of Michigan financial aid funds, scholarships are available! If you are a DACA student, you may be considered for Grand Rapids Community College Foundation scholarships, as well as a number of private scholarships.

To be considered for a GRCC Foundation Scholarship, simply complete the GRCC Foundation Scholarship Application and respond “Yes” to the question: Are you part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program? DACA students are not required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for consideration.

The GRCC Foundation Scholarship priority deadline is March 15 at midnight. 

Michigan ECHO Scholarship

The Michigan Equity, Courage, Hope, and Opportunity (MI ECHO) Scholarship allows people living in Michigan to access associate's degree and certificate programs. The scholarship covers tuition, contact hours, and other mandatory fees. Through MI ECHO, students can earn a degree or certificate to gain stable employment and boost their standard of living.

This scholarship is only for people who cannot access federal financial aid and who worked on the frontlines during the COVID-19 pandemic. The candidate must be eligible for acceptance into a certificate or associate degree program and cannot have earned an associate or bachelor's degree in any country. To apply or for more information, please visit the Michigan ECHO Scholarship website.

More Scholarship Opportunities

A number of private organizations offer scholarship opportunities for DACA and undocumented students, including:

Grand Rapids Scholarships

Grand Rapids Community Foundation (GRCF)

  • When to apply: December 1 – March 1 (apply early)
  • How to apply: Complete application online at link above
  • Questions? See website for FAQ answers or contact Ruth Bishop, Education Program Officer at (616) 454-1751.


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Alexis Robles-Vazquez
Being an immigrant in the United States under DACA status has shaped me to not mess around and always reach for the stars.
Alexis Robles-Vazquez, Education major