Below are answers to questions that we frequently receive from potential applicants. If you have additional questions about the application process or TheDream.US Scholarship Programs, please contact us.
No. You can be (1) a current high school senior who will graduate with a GPA of 2.5 or greater by the end of the 2017-2018 academic year; (2) a high school graduate with a GPA of 2.5 or greater, or (3) a student who has earned or will earn a high school equivalency diploma by the end of the 2017-2018 academic year with a score that is equivalent to a GPA of 2.5 or greater.
No, unless you are enrolled in a pre-college or dual enrollment program.
I have earned college credits as a high school student or after high school. Am I eligible to apply?
For Arizona State University, Arrupe College, Dominican University, Rutgers University – Newark, and University of Chicago Illinois:
How do I know if I have a GPA of 2.5 (for High School Graduate) or 3.0 (Community College Graduates) better?
The 4.00 grading scale is standard at most high schools, colleges and universities. If your school assigns cumulative averages on a 100% scale, ISTS has a chart that can help you estimate your GPA. You may also ask an administrator or adviser at your school for assistance in converting your grades to a 4.00 grading scale.
A career-ready degree is a degree that provides you with the knowledge and skills necessary for a career that provides a family-sustaining wage and pathways to advancement. We have not strictly defined this but a general education degree is not sufficient. Your Partner College will work with you to ensure that you choose a degree that will help you be career-ready.
Should I apply for an associate or bachelor’s degree? Am I more likely to get the Scholarship if I apply for one or the other?
Special Eligibility Criteria for residents of AZ, IL, NJ, VA, WA, CA Bay Area and College Access and Success Programs
- Arizona State University: You must have DACA and apply to the college before our scholarship round closes. We will ask the college to confirm that you have applied and meet the college’s admissibility criteria as a part of our selection process.
- UC Santa Cruz, UC Merced, San Francisco State, California State - East Bay, San Jose State, and Sonoma State University: You must be a resident of one of the following counties to use our Scholarship Award to attend these Bay Area Partner Colleges: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, and Sonoma.
- Arrupe College: You must apply to the College before our scholarship round closes. We will ask the college to confirm that you have applied and meet the college’s admissibility criteria as a part of our selection process.
- Dominican University: You must apply to the college before our scholarship round closes. We will ask the college to confirm that you have applied and meet the college’s admissibility criteria as a part of our selection process.
- Northeastern Illinois University: You must be an Illinois Community College Graduate to use our award at this College.
- University of Illinois – Chicago: You must be an Illinois Community College Graduate to use our award at this College. You must apply to the College before our scholarship round closes. We will ask the college to confirm that you have applied and meet the college’s admissibility criteria as a part of our selection process.
- Rutgers University – Newark: You Community College Graduates Only to use our award at this College. You must apply to the college before our Scholarship round closes and you must meet the RUN to the Top program criteria: https://admissions.newark.rutgers.edu/paying-for-college/ru-n-top We will ask the college to confirm that you have applied and meet the college’s admissibility and RUN to the Top criteria as a part of our selection process.
- George Mason University: You must have DACA and be a Virginia State Community College Graduate to use our award at this College.
- Eastern Washington State University: You must be a Washington State Community College Graduate to use our award at this College.
- University of Washington – Seattle: You must be a Washington State Community College Graduate to use our award at this College.
- College Track (CA and CO), College Match- Los Angeles, and Equal Change for Education (TN): You must be a participant in or nominated by these programs to be able to apply for the TheDream.US award.
To continue to be eligible, you must:
- Maintain a cumulative GPA of “B” (3.0/4.0) or better in the program;
- Remain continuously enrolled;
- Remain current on all your college accounts and charges; and
- Have DACA or TPS or meet the immigration eligibility criteria defined by the program and apply for lawful presence or legal status as soon as you are legally able to do so.
No, but you must renew your Scholarship each academic year. You will be asked to confirm your continuing eligibility and provide a copy of your official transcript, as well as to identify any other financial aid or scholarships that you are receiving. Note: If you do not renew by the indicated deadline, you will lose your scholarship.
Once you have entered college, we expect that you will attend each academic term/semester (not including summers) until you complete your degree. If special circumstances make it necessary or advisable for you to leave college for a period, you must immediately notify both ISTS and your Scholar Advisor by email and explain the reason for your leave of absence and the date you will return. You cannot have a break in enrollment for more than two terms if you are in a semester based college or three terms if you are in a quarterly based college. We will resume your scholarship payments when you return to your studies at the agreed-upon date. Upon your registration, contact ISTS and your Scholar Advisor immediately so that they can process your award and ensure a smooth back-to-school transition. If you do not return at the end of the approved break in enrollment, your Scholarship will be terminated.
We have a rigorous application review process that includes analysis and scoring of your grades, standardized test scores, participation in advanced courses, extracurricular activities including volunteer work and community service, essays, and letter of recommendation.
ISTS reviews and scores all complete and eligible applications. An independent Scholarship Selection Committee made up of national education leaders, leaders of immigration support services organizations, and DREAMers reviews and scores the essays of all finalists. Scholarships are allocated across our Partner Colleges and are awarded to the highest scoring applicants to that college. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.
What is the difference between TheDream.US National Scholarship and TheDream.US Opportunity Scholarship?
Will the National Scholarship cover all of my college expenses, including room and board, books and supplies, and transportation?
No. The National Scholarship Award is intended to cover most of the cost of your tuition and fees. If you have received other financial aid or scholarships that help cover the cost of your tuition and fees, the award may be used for books, supplies, transportation, and room and board.
If I receive a scholarship for an associate’s degree, do I have to apply again for a scholarship for my bachelor’s degree?
Do I have to attend one of the Partner Colleges or can I use the scholarship at any college to which I am admitted?
If you are a Community College Graduate awardee, yes; you have until the Fall term following the date you received notice that you had received the Scholarship to enroll. If you are a High School Graduate awardee, no; you have until the Spring term following the date you received notice that you had received the Scholarship to apply to and enroll in a Partner College.