The first step to determine whether to apply for TheDream.US scholarship is to confirm that you are eligible for either our Scholarship for high school graduates or our scholarship for community college graduates. The criteria are set forth below.
High School and HSE Program Graduates:
If you are graduating from high school (or an HSE program) or graduated some time ago and you do not have the financial resources to enroll full time in college, this scholarship may be for you!
Please Note: You are not eligible to apply for or receive TheDream.US scholarship if you are enrolled in college at any time during the 2017-18 academic year. Unless you were enrolled in a high school pre-college or dual enrollment program.
You are eligible to apply if you:
1. Have graduated or will graduate from high school (or have earned or will earn a high school equivalency diploma) by the end of the 2017-2018 academic year with a GPA of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale;
2. Are not enrolled in college at any time in the 2017-18 academic year (excluding enrollment in a high school pre-college or dual enrollment program);
3. Intend to enroll full-time in an associate’s or bachelor’s degree program at one of TheDream.US Partner Colleges no later than the Spring of 2019;
4. Are eligible for in-state tuition at the Partner College you want to attend;
5. Have DACA or TPS or certify that you meet the immigration eligibility criteria set forth below;
6. You came to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday; and
7. Have significant unmet financial need.
Community College Graduates:
If you have or are about to graduate from community college and do not have the financial resources to complete your Bachelor’s degree at a 4-year university, this Scholarship may be for you!
Please Note: You are not eligible to apply for TheDream.US scholarship if you have enrolled in a four-year institution or a four-year bachelor’s degree program prior to the Spring of 2018.
You are eligible to apply if you:
1. Have graduated from or are a current student at an accredited U.S. community college or two-year program and will graduate in the 2017-18 academic year;
2. Graduated with or have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or better on a scale of 4.0 (or the equivalent).
3. Have not previously enrolled in a four-year institution or a four-year bachelor’s degree program prior to the Spring of 2018;
4. Intend to enroll full time in a baccalaureate program at a Partner College in fall 2018;
5. Are eligible for in-state tuition at the Partner College you want to attend;
6. Have DACA or TPS or certify that you meet the immigration eligibility criteria set forth below;
7. You came to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday; and
8. Demonstrate significant unmet financial need.
TheDream.US Immigration Eligibility Criteria
As part of the application you will be required to attest, under the penalty of perjury, that you have DACA, TPS, or that, to the best of your knowledge, you meet the following immigration eligibility criteria:
• You were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012;
• You came to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday;
• You have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present time;
• You were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012 and had no lawful status;
• You are currently in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, have obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States;
• You have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, or three or more other misdemeanors in the categories which would have disqualified you for DACA, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety; and
• You will apply for lawful presence or legal status as soon as the laws allow you to do so.