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Undergraduate Admission

Undocumented Students

» Resources for Undocumented Students

Chapman University admission, enrollment and tuition policies are not based on your immigration or DACA status.

As a student, your admission and enrollment will not be affected if you do not have, or lose, immigration or DACA status.

Financial assistance may still be granted to those who qualify, and undocumented students that reside in California may qualify for a Cal Grant via the Dream Act.

The Office of Admission assists undocumented students throughout the application process. This includes providing information about financial aid resources.

Key California Dream Act Dates

October 2019

March 2, 2020

  • Priority financial-aid deadline for most colleges/universities; also deadline for Cal Grant application (CA Dream Act Application + GPA)
  • If you or your school submits your certified GPA using your DACA SSN, include that DACA SSN on question #8 of your CA Dream Act Application
  • Better yet, submit a Non-SSN GPA to the CA Student Aid Commission

After March 2, 2020

  • Some colleges, especially community colleges, accept the CA Dream Act Application through September 2020. Check with your campus Financial Aid Office.

Applying for the California Dream Act

As you consider colleges, we encourage you to also apply for the California Dream Act. To apply, you must submit the following by March 2, 2020:

The CADAA and NON-SSN Cal Grant GPA Verification Form for the 2019-2020 Academic Year will be available on October 1, 2019.

As noted on the California Student Aid Commission website, to be eligible for the Cal Grant through the California Dream Act, you must:

Not be eligible to file the FAFSA

  1. Have one of the three apply:
    1. You attended a California high school for three or more years, or
    2. You attained credits from a California high school equivalent to three or more years of full-time high school coursework and a total of three or more years attendance in California elementary schools, secondary schools, adult schools or a combination of those schools, or
    3. You attained credits at a California community college, or combination of the schools listed above
  2. Have one of the three following apply:
    1. You graduated or will graduate from a California high school or equivalent by passing the General Education Development (GED), High School Equivalency Test (HiSET), Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) or California High School Proficiency (CHSPE), or
    2. You have or will have an associate degree from a California community college, or
    3. You have or will have fulfilled the minimum requirements to transfer from a California community college to a school in the California State University System.
  3. Be registered or currently enrolled at an accredited institution of higher education in California.
  4. File an affidavit with your college stating that you will take action to legalize your immigration status as soon as you are eligible.
  5. Not hold a valid non-immigrant visa (F, J, H, L, A, B, C, D, E, etc.). Exceptions are U Visa holders and those with Temporary Protected Status (TPS).

The CA Dream Act Application is used by undocumented students who meet the eligibility requirements of California Assembly Bill 540 and come from a lower-income household or qualify for need-based aid.

The California Student Aid Commission process the application and any aid received can be used at eligible California public or private institutions.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you can not find the answer to your question below, feel free to contact us at admit@chapman.edu or (714) 997-6711.

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Am I eligible to apply for admission?

Of course! All applicants are considered for admission as long as they turn in all required documents.

Undocumented and DACA students should follow the same application process as other first-year or transfer applicants.

For more information about Chapman University’s support for DACA students, please read A message from President Daniele Struppa on DACA.

Am I eligible for scholarships?

Every applicant to Chapman is considered for a merit-based scholarship. Merit scholarships at Chapman range from $10,000 - $32,000 a year, and are based on your overall academic profile. This includes your recalculated admission GPA, the rigor of your academic curriculum, standardized test scores and grade trends.

If you are offered admission to Chapman University and deemed merit-eligible, you will receive your scholarship notification along with your admission decision.

How does Chapman help Undocumented/DACA students financially?

Undocumented applicants are not eligible for federal financial aid and therefore can not submit the FAFSA.

However, if you meet eligibility for a merit scholarship, you can receive anywhere from $10,000 - $32,000 per year. Every applicant to Chapman is considered for a merit-based scholarship, regardless of citizenship status.

If you are not a US Citizen or Permanent Resident but are approved for AB-540 status, you are eligible to complete CA Dream Act Application. To allow Chapman University to receive your application, please input our school code under the “School” tab: 00116400.

Depending on the financial need of your family, and your GPA as reported to the CA Student Aid Commission, you may be eligible for a California State Grant (Cal Grant). If you receive a merit scholarship from Chapman and a Cal Grant, then you may be eligible for additional institutional grant money.

Note for DACA students: You should not apply for aid via FAFSA, and the social security number provided to you for work purposes will not grant access to federal financial aid.

Who do I contact with questions that are directly related to my citizenship status during the application process?

Your first point of contact should the be admission counselor assigned to your school group and territory. You can find your admission counselor here.

Additional Resources for Undocumented Students


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Phone: (714) 997-6711

Fax: (714) 997-6713

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Attn: Office of Admission
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Orange, CA 92866

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