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National Scholarship

We think of our National Scholarship as the “Pell Grant” for highly motivated undocumented students who are eligible to receive in-state tuition in their home state (not applicable if attending a private institution) but still have significant, unmet financial need.

NOTE: 2024-25 National Scholarship Round is now closed. Award notifications were sent on April 25, 2024. Recipients must respond to accept or decline the award by May 9 ,2024. For questions about your award, please contact ISTS.

Applications are open to undocumented immigrant students with or without DACA or TPS who came to the U.S. before the age of 16 and before Nov. 1, 2018. The National Scholarship Award will cover your tuition and fees at one of our Partner Colleges up to a maximum of $33,000 for a bachelor’s degree.

Some Scholars may receive an additional stipend for books, supplies, and transportation for up to $6,000. While we consider your GPA, we place great emphasis on your dedication to community service and your commitment to academic and career success despite the barriers and challenges that undocumented students face daily.

The award follows students through the completion of a bachelor’s degree and is renewable each year – Recipients must meet the continuing eligibility criteria and renew the award each summer.


This scholarship may be for you if you:

  • Meet the Immigration Eligibility Criteria

  • You have significant unmet financial need

  • You meet the academic criteria

Here are the criteria:

  • You are undocumented and came to the United States before November 1, 2018, and have continuously lived in the United States since then or have DACA or TPS;

  • Came to the United States before the age of 16 (if you were born in the U.S. – you are not eligible for our scholarship);

  • Have significant unmet financial need;

  • Have graduated or will graduate from a United States high school (or have earned or will earn a high school equivalency diploma) before the Fall of 2024;

  • Graduated or will graduate with a high school GPA of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale or have a cumulative college GPA of 2.5 or better;

  • Intend to enroll full-time in an associate or bachelor’s degree program at a Partner College in your state in the Fall of 2024 or Spring of 2025; and

  • Are eligible for in-state tuition at the Partner College you want to attend (not applicable if it is a private Partner College in your state).

How to Apply

Use our step-by-step Application Guide to:

  1. DETERMINE if you can apply
  2. COMPLETE the application
  3. SUBMIT & MONITOR your application status
  4. LOOK OUT for the Award Notification (March-April 2024)
  5. ACCEPT THE AWARD by the deadline
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