Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)/Undocumented Students

Supporting Students, Staff, and Faculty of all National Origins and Immigration Status:

    • USC Immigration Clinic: The USC Immigration Clinic, offered through the Gould School of Law, offers free, confidential consultations to the USC community. They offer free legal consultations and legal assistance to current students, staff, faculty, contract employees, and their family members. They also offer volunteer opportunities. For those looking to schedule an appointment, contact their office for more information.
    • You can also connect with Vanessa Gomez Brake, the Associate Dean of Religious Life at USC, and the point of contact for coordinating efforts and opportunities across campus that support immigrant and international students. She can connect you with resources regarding financial aid, academic and housing issues, and confidential advising.

Advocacy Opportunities

  • Here to Stay: Immigrants are heroes who have defied the odds and have made incredible sacrifices to survive and thrive. The spirit behind #HereToStay is one of pride, power, community, resilience, resistance, and a dash of a feisty & fun attitude. The #HereToStay Network is a group of people ready to fight for immigrants at risk of deportation.
  • United We Dream (UWD): UWD empowers people to develop their leadership, their organizational skills, and to develop their own campaigns to fight for justice and dignity for immigrants and all people. This is achieved through immigrant youth-led campaigns at the local, state, and federal levels.

Guides, FAQs, and Resources

  • Internships and Fellowships for DACA and Undocumented Students: The following guide explores resources for funding, mentorship, and experiential learning that DACA and undocumented students can take advantage of to enhance their college experience and launch their career.
  • College Guide for Undocumented Students: This resource guide has information regarding the Federal Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program, the college application process, how to finance a college education, how to talk about being undocumented, available scholarship opportunities, and tips for how to navigate the college experience, as well as a number of additional resources. Consider reviewing this guide for additional help, resources, and access to support.
  • DACA and Your Workplace Rights: This FAQ, answered by the National Immigration Law Center, is intended to answer questions such as what are the rights of workers (1) when they apply for DACA, (2) after they have received DACA and have a work permit, and (3) when they are applying to renew their DACA. It also provides information that may be helpful when you apply for and after you have been granted DACA.
  • DACA Workers Rights Guide: This guide is meant to answer some of the most common questions regarding DACA recipients and their rights in the workplace.
  • Immigrants Rising: Immigrants Rising provides resources, knowledge, and financial support for immigrant entrepreneurs, regardless of legal status, at any stage of their journey. They empower undocumented young people to achieve educational and career goals through personal, institutional, and policy transformation.
  • Immigrants’ Rights Under a Trump Presidency: FAQs for Students, Educators & Social Service Providers: This document serves as an FAQ that answers many commonly asked questions regarding the rights of undocumented and DACA immigrants, prepared by MALDEF, the nation’s leading Latino legal civil rights organization.
  • Income Generation Options For Undocumented Students Toolkit: This toolkit created by the University of California Office of the President and Immigrants Rising is  a resource for undocumented students and alumni who are trying to figure out their career options. This toolkit outlines options to generate income such as going to graduate school, starting a business, or becoming an independent contractor.
  • Life After College: A Guide for Undocumented Students: While initially, it may seem as though undocumented students have limited options upon graduating from college, this guide is intended to shed light on the possibilities that do exist. The guide includes personal narratives, student testimonials, and advice from experts.
  • My Undocumented Life: The mission of the My Undocumented Life blog is to provide up-to-date information and resources to undocumented immigrants. They post scholarship opportunities that are open to undocumented students, strategies for navigating the educational system, information on how to apply for DACA, news on immigration policies, and much more.
  • Resources Guide: Supporting Undocumented Youth: Informed by research and promising practices, the U.S. Department of Education has compiled this Resource Guide to assist and enhance State and local efforts to support undocumented youth at the secondary and postsecondary school levels.
  • Undocu-Grad School Guide: The New York State Youth Leadership Council (NYSYLC) launched their new “UndocuGrad School Guide: Undocu-friendly guide to pursuing, financing, and navigating graduate school. The guide is broken into four chapters, which cover information on preparing for grad school (including funding opportunities), the experience of attending grad school, using your graduate degree, as well as helpful tips and considerations. Throughout the guide, you will also find inspiring stories and advice from fellow undocumented students who have pursued their graduate degrees in various institutions across the country. The guide also features very helpful timelines and templates that you can use to inquire about financial aid, letters of recommendation, networking opportunities, and more.
  • Undocuhustle: #UndocuHustle refers to the entrepreneurial spirit at the heart of the immigrant experience. #UndocuHustle has resources on how to leverage your skills, knowledge, and experience to generate income through contracting or business start-up opportunities.
  • USG Undocumented Student Guide: The USC Undergraduate Student Government created a website with resources and information for undocumented Trojans and prospective students.

Pre-Health Resources

  • Pre-Health Dreamers (PHD): PHD investigates and shares information on career pathways for pre-health undocumented students as well as advocates for more progressive institutional and governmental policies for undocumented students.

Pre-Law/Legal Resources

  • DREAM Bar Association (DBA): The DBA provides a network for undocumented immigrants who are interested in pursuing a career in law, are pursuing a career in law, or are practicing in this field.
  • Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) LSAT Fee Waiver: The basic criterion for receiving a waiver is the absolute inability to pay for the LSAT and Credential Assembly Service (CAS). Because the cost of these services is only a fraction of the cost of a legal education, the need criterion is considerably more stringent than for other financial aid processes. Only those with extreme need should apply. DACA applicants and recipients are eligible to apply.
  • National Immigration Law Center (NILC): Established in 1979, the National Immigration Law Center is one of the leading organizations in the U.S. exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of immigrants with low incomes.