Undocumented Students

Southern Connecticut State University provides exemplary graduate and undergraduate education in the liberal arts and professional disciplines.  As an intentionally diverse and comprehensive university, Southern is committed to academic excellence, access, social justice, and service for the public good.

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We Are a National Scholarship Partner College

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We are proud to be a Partner College of TheDream.US, the nation's largest college access and success program for undocumented immigrant students.

As a Partner College, undocumented students who entered the United States before the age of 16 and before November 1, 2017, and have continuously lived in the U.S. since then or have DACA or TPS, are able to attend Southern using the scholarship funds provided by TheDream.US. 

Additional guidance can be found on TheDream.US website. Awardees for the 2023-24 academic year will be announced in April. 

Apply to Southern

We encourage all academically accomplished students to apply for admission regardless of their citizenship status. This includes students who may have recently learned of their status during the college admission process. At Southern, we take a holistic approach when reviewing applications, meaning we consider ALL the materials in an application file. We review a student's high school transcript very closely, along with the types of courses taken and grades earned. We consider standardized test scores, letters of recommendation and the admission essay. We do not take into consideration an applicant’s citizenship or immigration status.

Please note that The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) protects the privacy of student education records. This means that information you provide to us to process is private and protected under the law.

Faculty and Administrative Faculty Statements of Support

Faculty Senate Resolution S-2018-10
Administrative Faculty Senate Resolution AFS-2018-1


Statement on DACA

The Supreme Court decided that the Trump administration cannot proceed with its plan to end DACA. While this is an important victory for immigrant youth, we acknowledge that is only a temporary reprieve.

The Dreamers Action Alliance at Southern will continue to fight for students, families, friends, colleagues and communities for a permanent solution because #HomeIsHere

Institutional Aid Application

Students applying for institutional aid can submit the institutional aid application and supporting documentation via email to financialaid@southernct.edu. Additionally, you will be required to mail or bring in the notarized application once the offices are reopened to the public.

In order to be considered for institutional financial aid, undocumented students must meet these additional eligibility requirements:

  • Must be classified as an in-state student for tuition purposes;
  • Must be accepted into a degree or eligible certificate program;
  • Must maintain satisfactory academic progress;
  • Must be registered for a minimum of half-time status (undergraduate students = 6 credits or more, graduate students = 4.5 credits or more)

For more information, visit the Financial Aid page.

Connecticut and CSCU Support for Dreamers

  • On April 25, 2018 the Connecticut Legislature passed a bill allowing all students to apply for institutional aid regardless of immigration status.
  • On January 25, 2018, CSCU President Mark Ojakian sent an open letter to Congress regarding DACA.
  • The Connecticut State Colleges and Universities System has set up a website with legal and community resources for DACA.
  • On September 6, 2017, SCSU President Joe Bertolino sent a letter to SCSU students, faculty, and staff, reminding them of campus resources to support undocumented students and reiterating the university's commitment to stand by its students.
  • On September 5, 2017, CSCU President Mark Ojakian issued a statement lamenting the elimination of DACA and urged Congress to finally take action to protect these young Americans.
  • On March 28, 2017, the Office of Governor Dannel Malloy released a Family Preparedness Plan Toolkit. The toolkits can be found in English and Spanish.