DePaul DREAM Statement
At DePaul University we affirm the dignity of the individual. We value diversity and culture because these are part of our core values and traditions as a Catholic, Vincentian, and urban university. DePaul University has decided to take a strong and public stand for supporting undocumented students, and DREAM Act legislation. We believe supporting undocumented students is smart policy that will yield significant benefits for our university, city, state, and nation. We also know these young people who enter our doors are part of the next great generation who will build our collective future. It is for this reason that DePaul admits students regardless of their citizenship status. Because we welcome these students, it is incumbent upon all members of the DePaul community to understand DePaul’s position on assisting undocumented students, realize the value that they bring to our university, and support their success as we support all of our students.
DePaul University takes a strong and public stance in support of Undocumented students in line with its core values and traditions as a Catholic, Vincentian, and urban university. As part of our commitment to serve those that identify as Undocumented or DACAmented, we provide next steps, information, and resources including financial support, campus referrals, legal protections, mental wellness, advocacy, and more for current undocumented and DACAmeneted students.
This page should serve as a guide for support and resources that students and allies can find at DePaul. We also list external resources in the Chicago land community and beyond for continued support and success.
Undocumented Student Staff contact/support
Please feel free to schedule an in person meeting or over the phone conversation. We want to ensure that students feel welcomed and honored in whatever identity they hold. 1 on 1 sessions can be walk ins or scheduled.
Interim Liaison for Undocumented Student Support/ Monarch Butterfly Scholarship
Coordinator of Asian, Pacific Islander, Desi American Cultural Center
Undocumented Student Support/Monarch Butterfly Scholarship
Financial Support for Undocumented Students
Unfortunately, undocumented students are not eligible to receive federal or state financial aid. However, there are other ways to finance an education.
DePaul’s Monarch Butterfly Scholarship
Championed by student leaders, the Monarch Butterfly Scholarship was established in 2017. The DePaul University Student Government Association (SGA) in collaboration with the Office of Multicultural Student Success (OMSS) presents a scholarship opportunity for returning FAFSA-ineligible, immigrant, undergraduate students. Student selections are based on financial need, academic performance, extracurricular activities and community service.
How to Apply:
- Be an immigrant student who attended High School in the United States for at least three years prior to graduation or GED completion
- Be a full-time enrolled, Returning undergraduate sophomore, junior or senior
- If a senior, must be a full-time enrolled for one academic year (3 quarters consecutively upon receiving scholarship)
- Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale
- Not eligible for FAFSA
- Have completed an Institutional Need Assessment Form from the Office of Financial Aid.
- Demonstrate significant unmet financial need
- Have not received the scholarship for more than two academic years (6 quarters)
A hard copy of the Scholarship Application will be available in the spring quarter of each academic year in the Office of Multicultural Student Success, Suite 105, in the Lincoln Park Campus Student Center. Office Hours are 9:00am – 5:00pm, Monday – Friday.
You can print out an application here. Applications can also be sent via e-mail at applicant’s request. However please note that we can only accept hard copies of the application. No electronic copies will be accepted.
Students must go to the Office of Financial Aid to fill out an Institutional Need Assessment form with someone from the office.
- Locations: Lincoln Park, Schmidt Academic Center, Room 101 or Loop Campus, DePaul Center, Room 9100
- Document’s to bring with you to the financial aid office may include:
- A copy of your parents’ most recently filed IRS form 1040, if available;
- If you are financially independent, provide a copy of your most recently filed IRS Form 1040, if available;
- Other financial documents that will verify your income
- You can find a copy of the Institutional Need Assessment form here[LJ2] . For questions and or assistance completing the form please reach out the Office of Financial Aid.
- Review the application in its entirety to ensure that you meet the criteria and have provided all necessary documents and information to be considered for the scholarship. Failure to provide this information will delay process or potentially make you ineligible to receive the scholarship.
- Once you have completed the application and have included all necessary materials/documentation please drop off at Office of Multicultural Student Success, Suite 105, in the Lincoln Park Campus Student Center.
If you have any questions or need assistance with the completing of the Monarch Butterfly Scholarship application please feel free to contact the liaison for undocumented student support in the Office of Multicultural Student Success.
External Financial Resources
While undocumented students are not eligible for federal or state funds/grants, there are other to finance an education. Below you will find a list of scholarship opportunities outside of DePaul that can aid in your academic journey. Note: for the most accurate and up to date information for these scholarships and amounts please visit main websites of the organizations listed below.
Key Programs, Services and Resources
Undocumented Student Allyship Workshops for faculty and staff
This interactive training addresses challenges faced by undocumented students at DePaul University and appropriate ways we can assist them. It is a part of the Build Diversity Certificate (BUILD). BUILD is a professional development diversity certificate available to all DePaul University faculty and staff. BUILD provides participants with the "building blocks to an inclusive campus". The workshop is offered throughout the academic year and is also available upon request. To find out more information about the Build program or request a workshop click here
UNdoc/DACA Dialogue Series
The UnDOC Dialogue is a campus-wide discussion series/programs designed to foster a welcoming, supportive, and safe campus environment for undocumented students by creating a visible network of allies.
Topics include, but are not limited to: issues of documentation of students and the larger implications on immigration, UnDOC leaders in the community, Workshops, Advocacy, and much more.
DePaul University takes a strong and public stance in support of undocumented students in line with its core values and traditions as a Catholic, Vincentian, and urban university. We further partner with a variety of campus partners across the institution for training sessions and other support initiatives for students.
University Counseling Services helps remove barriers to learning by providing accessible psychological and psychiatric assessment, short-term psychotherapy, medication management, consultation and crisis intervention, community referrals, workshops and psychoeducational programming to currently enrolled students. Services offered and how to make an appointment.
The Education and Counseling Center offers a safe, confidential environment for adults, children, couples, and families in search of personal counseling and support. Graduate counseling interns serving under the direct supervision of doctoral level licensed clinicians, conduct counseling sessions for individuals of all ages, couples, and groups. Request an appointment here.
Since the legal and political statuses of DACA and undocumented persons remain so fluid, students are encouraged to consult with independent resources – especially immigration attorneys before making any decisions. Below you will find legal resources on campus.
The Office of the General Counsel participates in the University's DREAM Working Group, a standing committee dedicated to exploring opportunities to nurture DePaul's undocumented student population. We further partner with the Office for Institutional Diversity and Equity to offer routine training sessions to DePaul faculty and staff on serving undocumented students.
The DePaul Asylum and Immigration Law Clinic can assist students and their families. They have also developed a referral list of low-cost legal service providers who provide assistance in DACA cases and have engaged DePaul College of Law alumni to provide one-on-one consultations for DACA and undocumented students. For appointments, students can contact Jenny Freundt at email@example.com.