Regarding Supreme Court and DACA

On June 18, 2020, the Supreme Court (5-to-4) rejected the U.S. administration's attempt to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. We stand by Dreamers and welcome them to study here at Emerson College. If you have DACA status or are Undocumented, please reach out to an Admission counselor for additional information.

Emerson does not discriminate based on immigration status. This extends to how we treat individuals in the application process, as students, and in their roles as valued members of our community. Emerson College has been and will continue to be steadfast in its commitment to all who live, study and work at the College, including undocumented and DACA students.

Federal changes to DACA will have no impact on the financial aid awards of current students who are undocumented or have DACA status. Awards are and will continue to be based on individual students' calculated need as determined by the aid application process, and will not be affected by the expiration of DACA status or Social Security Numbers. Since students with DACA status and students who are undocumented do not qualify for federal financial aid, we advise that these students do not complete the FAFSA.

Undergraduate students should contact the Office of Financial Aid each year to apply for institutional aid.

Graduate students who have been awarded Emerson institutional aid (fellowships or scholarships) and meet the criteria for renewal of those awards do not need to complete a financial aid application. Graduate student questions about fellowships and scholarships should be directed to Graduate Admission.

Updated January 24, 2018

This is a list of private scholarships that are open to students who are undocumented or who have DACA status. It is updated monthly and will continue to grow. This is not an exhaustive list of the private scholarship opportunities available to you. Many more can be found in the Search Engines and Resources section below.

Private Scholarships and Financial Aid Resources for Students Who are Undocumented or Have DACA Status

Miscellaneous and Special Interest Scholarships

For incoming and current undergraduate students to pursue any field.

For incoming and current undergraduate students to pursue any field.

For incoming and current undergraduate students to pursue any field.

Crossword design scholarship contest for incoming and current undergraduate students to pursue any field.

$10,000 award for undergraduate juniors and seniors who identify as female, to pursue a career in any aspect of live entertainment.

$10,000 award for students pursuing a career in live entertainment.

$10,000 award for undergraduate juniors and seniors pursuing careers in the fire core areas of the Live Nation business: concert and venue promotion; sponsorship and advertising; ticketing; e-commerce; and artist management.

For incoming and current undergraduate students to pursue any field.

For incoming and current undergraduate students and graduate students who've participated in volunteer work.

For undergraduate freshmen and sophomores to cover any costs associated with their education.

For incoming and current undergraduate students to pursue any field. Offered twice per year.

For incoming and current undergraduate students to pursue any field.  

For incoming and current undergraduate students of all majors who are interested in travel.

For incoming and current undergraduate and graduate students to pursue any field. 

For incoming and current undergraduate students who have an interest in health and technology.

For incoming and current undergraduate students to pursue any field. 

For incoming and current undergraduate students with an interest in creative industries, technology, or business. 

For incoming and current undergraduate students to pursue any field. 

For incoming and current undergraduate students who identify as female, to pursue any field. 

For undergraduate and graduate students to pursue any field. 

For incoming and current undergraduate and graduate students to pursue any field.

For incoming and current undergraduate and graduate students to pursue any field.

Study Abroad

For current undergraduate students who plan to travel or study abroad to pursue any field.

 

Marketing/Communications/Communication Disorders

For incoming and current undergraduate students who plan to use their education to make a social impact.

$10,000 award for undergraduate juniors and seniors who identify as female, to pursue a career in any aspect of live entertainment.

$10,000 award for students pursuing a career in live entertainment.

$10,000 award for undergraduate juniors and seniors pursuing careers in the fire core areas of the Live Nation business: concert and venue promotion; sponsorship and advertising; ticketing; e-commerce; and artist management.

$5,000 award for current undergraduate students to pursue any communications-related field. 

Theatre & Performing Arts

$10,000 award for undergraduate juniors and seniors who identify as female, to pursue a career in any aspect of live entertainment.

$10,000 award for students pursuing a career in live entertainment.

$10,000 award for undergraduate juniors and seniors pursuing careers in the fire core areas of the Live Nation business: concert and venue promotion, sponsorship and advertising, ticketing; e-commerce, and artist management.

Writing, Literature & Publishing

For incoming and current undergraduate students with an interest in writing.

Search Engines & Resources

Links to Scholarship Search Engines & Resources

The following links will bring you to scholarship search engines and resource guides for college affordability and support for students who are undocumented or who have DACA status. Many of these resources will also apply to students with Temporary Protected Status.

Scholarships for Undocumented Students

Resources for Undocumented Students

40 Scholarship Opportunities for Undocumented Students

  • Please note that any information you provide is subject to terms of use and privacy statements of each site. Read them carefully.
  • Scholarship search engines often ask that you create a profile with an email address. We recommend creating an email address specifically for your scholarship searches so that you do not have to sort them in your regular email.
  • NEVER pay a scholarship search engine site for access to scholarships.