Resources For Future & Current Dreamers

Applying to UTSA


In order to begin your application with UTSA, please visit ApplyTexas and create a profile. You will then select ‘create a new 4 year university undergraduate admissions application’ or ‘create a new graduate school admissions application’ depending on the level at which you intend to enter.

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All Dreamers should select the UTSA, ‘Freshman, US’ or ‘Transfer, US’ under ‘Application Type’. Please, DO NOT complete either of the international applications.

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You are not required to enter a Social Security Number (SSN) unless you have one. Although you may receive a message to complete the ‘international’ application, please continue to complete the ‘US’ version.

If you have any questions about how to complete the application, please contact the UTSA Dreamers Resource Center at (210) 458-7777or Dreamers@utsa.edu.



DACA

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, also known as DACA is the name used for a process announced by the Secretary of Homeland Security on June 15, 2012, due to an executive order signed by former President Obama. Currently, under the Trump administration, no new DACA applications are being accepted, only renewals.

Under the original process, if a young person came to the United States as a child and met several key guidelines, that individual could file an application with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), a branch of the Department of Homeland Security, to request consideration of deferred action. “Deferred action” refers to a decision to defer (delay or put off) removal action of an individual. DACA may be granted by USCIS for a period of two years and may be renewed under certain circumstances. Deferred action does not provide an individual with lawful status; however, recipients of deferred action may obtain work authorization and in the state of Texas, a driver’s license.

U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services DACA information  

Immigrant Legal Resource Center


 DRC Support Services

The UTSA DRC partners with local non-profit organizations to offer free immigration legal consultations to students with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) who wish to renew their DACA designation. Students need to register for these clinics via RowdyLink and should bring all previously filed DACA applications. In order to donate to help support a Dreamer in paying the $495 fee, please visit: https://fund.utsa.edu/project/14694

Dreamer ALLY training is led by the UTSA DRC for students, staff, and faculty. The training provides an overview of the federal and state policies that impact the lives of Dreamers, students of mixed-status families, refugees, asylees, and individuals who have Temporary Protected Status (TPS). Additionally, training provides knowledge about the experiences of Dreamers, activities to reach a greater understanding of how the needs of Dreamers can be addressed, and tools to become allies and advocates. The training is revised regularly to reflect changes in state and federal policy.

The UTSA DRC hosts workshops in partnership with other UTSA support areas to increase knowledge on how to navigate college successfully by addressing topics unique to the academic, professional, and mental health needs of Dreamers. Please check RowdyLink or follow us on social media for updates about upcoming events.

Know Your Rights (KYR) training is led by the UTSA DRC for students, staff, and faculty. The primary purpose of training is to familiarize individuals with students’ legal rights both on-campus and off-campus.

The UTSA DRC partners with local non-profit organizations to offer free immigration legal consultations to Dreamers and students with mixed-status families several times a semester. Pro-bono immigration attorneys will be available for these immigration consultations. Please check RowdyLink for the most up-to-date information.

Staff at the DRC are trained to provide academic and financial guidance in both areas and/or refer students to individuals who have been identified as members of the Dreamer Council.

Provides a time for students to come by the UTSA DRC on the last Tuesday of the month from 10AM-11AM and engage in informal group counseling. These group sessions allow students to come together and ask questions, address general concerns, and build a network with other Dreamers and students with mixed-status families.

The UTSA DRC assists incoming first-year students and transfer students as early as the start of their senior year or transferring semester to ensure that they receive personalized guidance throughout the admissions process. The UTSA DRC assists and follows-up with students to ensure that they are taking the right steps through support with the following processes:

Employment / Internships

UTSA Career Center

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Featured Jobs & Internships

External resources for internships/fellowships

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute


FAQ

Undocumented students are students who live in the U.S. and are neither U.S citizens, legal permanent residents, and do not hold a valid non-immigrant visa. Undocumented students may or may not have entered on a visa (i.e. B-1/B-2) or previously held legal permanent residency status.

The University of Texas at San Antonio has chosen to use the inclusive term ‘Dreamer(s)’ which includes students both with and without Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, also known as DACA is the name used for a process announced by the Secretary of Homeland Security on June 15, 2012, due to an executive order signed by former President Obama. Currently, under the Trump administration, no new DACA applications are being accepted, only renewals.

Under the original process, if you came to the United States as a child and met several key guidelines, you could file an application with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), a branch of the Department of Homeland Security, to request consideration of deferred action.

"Deferred action" refers to a decision to defer (delay or put off) removal action of an individual. DACA may be granted by USCIS for a period of two years and may be renewed under certain circumstances. Deferred action does not provide an individual with lawful status; however, recipients of deferred action may obtain work authorization.

For more general information about DACA:
uscis.gov/childhoodarrivals

Frequently Asked Questions about DACA from USCIS

DACA students are individuals who applied for and received deferred action. DACA students typically are granted employment authorization and receive an employment authorization documented (EAD card). The EAD allows DACA students to apply for a Social Security Number and driver’s license.

No. Dreamers are not eligible for federal financial aid. However, depending on the state in which you are attending college or university, you may be eligible for state or college financial aid. In the state of Texas, Dreamers may apply for state aid via the Texas Application for State Financial Aid.

Yes. Texas was the first state to pass a law in 2001, House Bill 1403 (HB1403), sometimes referred to as the ‘Texas Dream Act’ which allows Dreamers to receive in-state tuition based on Texas residency.
In order to qualify for HB 1403, a student must meet the following criteria:
  • Lived in Texas during the three years (36 months) before graduating from high school or receiving a Texas Certificate of High School Equivalency (GED); and
  • Lived in Texas the full year before the enrollment cutoff at a Texas public college or university; and
  • Sign an affidavit declaring their intention to apply for lawful permanent resident status as soon as they are able.

Additional information:


Grants / Scholarships

It is important that all Dreamers file the Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TASFA) by the priority deadline in order to find out if they are eligible for funding. TASFA funds are limited, so please apply early! By submitting the TASFA application, you may also be considered for certain institutional grants. Additional need-based grants have been made available through Tuition Deregulation. UTSA awards institutional grants to undergraduate and graduate students based on need and availability of funds. This funding is awarded during the regular awarding cycle and is awarded until funds are exhausted. 

 UTSA Scholarship Hub

Scholarships listed below did not have a citizenship requirement specified as of July 2019. Please know that this may not be inclusive of all scholarships and requirements are subject to change. Check the UTSA Scholarship HUB for most up-to-date information.

 

AIA San Antonio Endowed Scholarship

AIA San Antonio Component Scholarship

AIA San Antonio Latinos in Architecture Annual Scholarship

AIA San Antonio/Paseo Del Rio Association Endowed Scholarship for Historic Preservation in Memory of Robert H.H. Hugman, AIA

Alpha Building Corporation Scholarship in Honor of Viola and Gordon Kovich

Alpha Insulation & Waterproofing / CIAC Annual Scholarships

Analy Diego Annual Graduate Fellowship

Analy Diego Annual Scholarship

Arcie and Craig Jordan Endowed Undergraduate Scholarship in Sciences

Associated Builders and Contractors South Texas Chapter / CIAC Annual Scholarships

Associated General Contractors of America, San Antonio Chapter Endowed Scholarship in Construction Anheuser-Busch Endowed Scholarship

ArchPoint Annual Honors Scholarship

Ardow Ameduri, MD, Honors College Scholarship

AT&T Inc. Endowed Honors Scholarship Alameda/UTSA Endowed Museum Internship

Alumni Association Scholarship

Amber Measom Kane Annual Scholarship

Ann Biggs/Thelma Salazar Endowed Scholarship for First-Generation Immigrant Children

Association for Corporate Growth Central Texas Scholarship for Finance Studies

Auxiliary San Antonio Chapter of Texas Society of CPA's Scholarship

Albar and Englantina Peña Memorial Scholarship Fund

Angie Martinez Memorial Scholarship

 

Baptist Health Foundation Scholarship

Bartlett Cocke General Contractors / CIAC Annual Scholarships

Bartlett Cocke General Contractors Endowed Scholarship in Construction Science and Management

Bartlett Cocke Executive-In-Residence Endowed Scholarship

Bernard P. Sagik Memorial Scholarship Fund

Bernard and Audre Rapoport Scholarship

BJ'S RESTAURANTS, INC, ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP

BKD, LLP Accounting Scholarship

Builders' Exchange of Texas / CIAC Annual Scholarships

 

CIAC Annual Scholarships

Celia Salomons Endowed Scholarship

Chief Master Sergeant Carlos C. Rodriguez, Sr. and Alicia C. Rodriguez Endowed Scholarship

Chief Master Sergeant Carlos C. Sr. and Alicia C. Rodriguez Annual Scholarship

Chuck Franzke Endowed Scholarship

College of Business Advisory Council Endowed Scholarship

Colonel and Mrs. Peter J. Hennessey Memorial Scholarship

Commercial Real Estate Women - San Antonio Endowed Scholarship

Construction Industry Advisory Council Endowed Scholarship in Construction

Science and Management

Carol Fitzgerald Dodge, Endowed Scholarship

 

Dewey D. Davis, Ph.D., First Professor at UTSA, Endowed Scholarship in Secondary Science Teaching.

David Bowen Memorial Endowment for Study in Europe

David P. Green Family Scholarship

Davis Equity Realty Annual Scholarship

Davis Equity Realty Annual Scholarship

Department of Accounting Various Donors Scholarship

Department of Accounting Various Donors Scholarship

Devin Newkirk Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Diamond Shamrock Legacy Endowed Scholarship for the College of Business

Diane Dondero Memorial Annual Scholarship

Dr. Patricia A. Graham Endowed Scholarship

Dr. William D. Litzinger Endowed Memorial Scholarhsip

Dreeben Endowed Scholarship In Entrepreneurship

Debbie & John T. Montford Endowed Honors Scholarship

Dr. Ruskin C. Norman and Mrs. Karen Norman Endowed Honors Scholarship

Dr. B. Thyagarajan Endowed Scholarship

Dr. Harold G. Longbotham Endowed Scholarship

Dr. Rama M. Mantripragada Memorial Annual Scholarship

Drs. Ricardo and Harriett Romo College of Sciences Endowed Scholarship

Dr. Arcadia López Endowed Scholarship

 

El Patronato de la Cultura Hispanoamericana Scholarship

Eloise Crawford Academic Scholarship

Ernest and Aimee Bromley Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Liberal Arts

EY Accounting Scholarship

 

Francisca Villarreal International Business Endowed Scholarship

Fred and Cathy Raley / SpawGlass Endowed Scholarship in Construction

Frost Accounting Scholarship

Federal Managers Association, Kelly Air Force Base, Endowed Scholarship

Great Conversation Scholarship

Galaxy Builders / CIAC Annual Scholarships

Gardner Law Firm / CIAC Annual Scholarships

Guido Construction / CIAC Annual Scholarships

 

Harry and Devera Lerman Scholarship

Hasslocher Family Endowed Scholarship

Henry and Lenora Stumberg Scholarship

Hewitt Family Annual Scholarship in COLFA

H-E-B Endowed Honors Scholarship

Honors College Dean's Scholarship

Henry Romo Memorial Endowed Scholarship

 

International Facility Management Association - San Antonio Chapter Endowed Scholarship

Irene Wischer Endowed Scholarship

Indian Student Association Annual Scholarship

Craig Youngblood Memorial Scholarship

Jack and Bette Vexler Endowed Scholarship

James F. Williams AIA Emeritus Scholarship

Jefferson High School Band Alumni Scholarship

Jan Yestingsmeier Guynes Clark Memorial Endowment

Jane Bonham Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Jane Findling Burton Endowed Scholarship

Jerry & Mary Keaing Annual Scholarship

Jessie and Jyoti Mann Endowed Scholarship in Honor of At the Mann Sisters

Jesus Rodriguez and Lorenzo Salinas Endowed Fellowship

John S. Jockusch Endowed Scholarship in the Liberal Arts

Judy and James Adams Endowed Scholarship

Jacqueline Beretta Scholarship Fund

Jeffery S. Peterson Endowed Honors Scholarship

Juan and Epifania Martinez Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Joseph J. Gdovin, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund

Joeris General Contractors, Ltd. Endowed Scholarship in Construction Science and Management

Joeris General Contractors / CIAC Annual Scholarships

Jodie W. McCarley Scholarship for Future Coaches of Female Athletes*(Texas resident)

 

Kaplan, Inc. Award

Kangaroo Court Restaurants of Texas Inc. Annual Scholarship in Liberal Arts

Kathleen Reymann Keil Endowed Scholarship

Kathy-Clay Little Freedom Award Endowed Scholarship

Kelly Hispanics for Higher Education (KHHE Endowed) Scholarship

Kenneth D. and Ada Muller Scholarship Fund

KPMG LLP Endowed Scholarship

Kimberly & Ron Blank Annual Scholarship in Architecture

 

Lambda Chi Alpha Endowed Scholarship

La Cantera Resort & Spa Endowed Tourism Management Scholarship

Leonard and Shirley Sterling Endowed Scholarship for Graduate Students

Lynn P. Thomson Endowed Scholarship Fund

Lynn Whiple Angrove Memorial Endowed Sholarship

Lionel & Kathy Sosa Endowed Honors Scholarship

LeRoy Braswell Memorial Annual Scholarship

Linbeck Group/ CIAC Annual Scholarships

 

Mary Pat and Louis H. Stumberg Endowed Scholarship for Interdisciplinary Studies in the Arts and Sciences

Melvin Lachman Memorial Scholarship

Memorial Graduate Business Fellowship

Monika Maeckle and Robert Rivard Endowed Scholarship

Merle and Helen Converse Endowed Scholarship

Marek Brothers Systems / CIAC Annual Scholarships

 

NACUBO Endowed Scholarship

Nancy and Frank Kudla Endowed Fellowship in Information Assurance and Security

National Council of Jewish Women, San Antonio Section, The Ethel Weiner Bloom Endowed Student Scholarship Fund

NORMAN DUGAS SCHOLARSHIP IN REAL ESTATE FINANCE & DEVELOPMENT

North Loop 410 Association, Inc. Endowed Scholarship*(permanent Texas resident)

Nungesser Family Graduate Research Endowed Fellowship

 

Peter T. Flawn Presidential Honors Endowed Scholarship

Pepsi Scholarship Fund

Presidential Honors Scholarship

 

Quincy Lee Memorial Endowed Scholarship

 

Reverend Eddy & Mary Hall Endowed Honors Scholarship

Robert W. Flynn Endowed Honors Endowed Scholarship

Rinaldo J. Gonzalez & Alicia C. Trevino Endowed Scholarship in Architecture

Ruth and Dan Bates Scholarship

Ruben Tey Annual Memorial Scholarship

Real Estate Council of San Antonio Leadership Development Endowment

RSM US, LLP Accounting

Ruth and Dan Bates Scholarship

 

San Antonio Masonry Contractors Association Endowed Scholarship

San Antonio Conservation Society Eleanor Freeborn Bennett Educational Scholarship in Historic Preservation

San Antonio Federal Credit Union Endowed Honors Scholarship

Southwest Research Institute (SwRi) Children and Dependents Annual Scholarship

South Texas Money Management, Ltd. Endowed Honors Scholarship

Steven and Jean Lee Endowed Scholarship

Sam Madrid, Jr. Endowed Scholarship in Science and Engineering

SpawGlass / CIAC Annual Scholarships

San Antonio Building Owners & Managers Association, Inc./Charlotte Rainford Memorial Endowed Scholarship

San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Business Scholarship

Selden Leavell Endowed Scholarship

Senator Gregory Luna Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Shelly Palmer Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Sior South Texas Chapter Annual Scholarship

Sjoerd Steunebrink Scholarship

Society of American Military Engineers San Antonio Post Endowed Scholarship

Stay Ready Professional Annual Scholarship

Student Property Deposit Scholarship

 

The Catto Endowed Scholarship

The Dawson-Durr Memorial Honors Scholarship

The Ruben M. and Veronica S. Escobedo Endowed Scholarship Fund

The Beverly Duren Memorial Scholarship

The Bill & Diane Hays Endowed Scholarship in Architecture and Interior Design

The Donald E. Everett Scholarship in Historic Preservation

The Gene George Endowed Architecture Scholarship in Historic Preservation

The Intertech Flooring Endowed Scholarship in Interior Design

The Julius M. & Kathleen A. Gribou Endowed Scholarship in Architecture

The UTSA Jack Greene Memorial Endowed Scholarship in Interior Design

The Belinda Villarreal-Nelson Memorial Scholarship

The Dianna Lynn Tidwell Endowed Scholarship

The Guadalupe Harber Scholarship – BESO

The Harold T & H. Joyce Cook Annual Scholarship

The Katie N. Reed Endowed Scholarship

The Benjamin Dean Holt III/Holt Companies Endowed Scholarship

The Carlos and Malu Alvarez Scholarships/Fellowships

 

The Hixon Family Endowed Scholarship

The James Wagener Endowed Presidential Scholarship

The Sam and Ann Barshop Scholarship

Tino & Amelia Duran Endowed Scholarship

Tenley K. Stevens Endowed Scholarship in Accounting

The Celia Berwin Memorial Foundation Endowed Scholarship

The Dr. and Mrs. Robert V. West, Jr. Endowed Leadership Scholarship

The Dr. Samuel W. Cochran Endowed Generativity Scholarship

The E. Lou Curry Endowed Taxation Scholarship

The Frost Bank Endowed Scholarship Fund

The Gayle Hissner Perron Annual Business Scholarship

The Rodolfo Jacobson Scholarship - BESO

The Vanessa Aliyah Harrison Memorial Scholarship

The Jack N. Terrell Memorial Endowed Scholarship

The James A. Morris and Annie Belle Morris Endowed Scholarship

The Janey and Dolph Briscoe Endowed Scholarship Fund

The Jesse Baker Endowed Construction Management

The John Miller, Douglas Miller, and Louis and Vivan Vance Endowed Scholarship Fund

The Leo L. Block Endowed Scholarship

The Marie L. Pauerstein Endowed Tourism Management Scholarship

The Mary Anne Morgan Endowed Scholarship

The Werling Associates Human Resource Management Endowed Scholarship

The W.G.Conway Endowed Scholarship

The Mike & Brigitte Perkins Commitment to Education Endowed Scholarship

The Mike Pickett Endowed Scholarship Fund

The Neil Denton Endowed Scholarship

The North Loop 410 Association Inc. Endowed Scholarship

The Pan American League Charitable Foundation Endowed Scholarship Fund

The Pauline W. and Samuel W. Cochran Endowed Fund

The Richard Xavier King and Dr. Bertha Perez Endowed Scholarship Fund

The Rosemary Kowalski Endowed Scholarship

THE RSM FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP

The San Antonio Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors Accounting Annual Scholarship

The San Antonio Oak Hills Rotary Club Endowed Scholarship Fund

The Tomás Rivera Scholarship Fund

The H-E-B Endowed Scholarship

The Samuel A. and Pamela R. Kirkpatrick Endowed Presidential Honors Scholarship

UTSA Graduate Competitive Scholarship for the College of Architecture, Construction, and Planning

UTSA Graduate Competitive Scholarship for the College of Business - Doctoral

UTSA Graduate Competitive Scholarship for the College of Business - Master's

USAA Foundation Scholarship

Unleashing the Power of People Annual Scholarship

UTSA Academic Excellence Scholarship

UTSA Selective Scholarship

UTSA Frederick L. Gratton Memorial Endowed Scholarship in Interior Design

UTSA Graduate Competitive Scholarship for the College of Education and Human Development - Doctoral

UTSA Graduate Competitive Scholarship for the College of Education and Human Development - Master's

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Valero Energy Corporation Endowed Scholarship Fund

Various Scholarships - College of Business

 

Warner F. Fassinidge Endowed Scholarship in Real Estate Finance and Development

Warner F. Fassinidge Supplement Account

Willard H. Findling, CPA Memorial Endowed Scholarship in Accounting

William Mastoris, Jr. Endowed Business Scholarship

Elisa Chan and Clifford Hew Endowed Honors Scholarship

Wells Fargo Endowed Honors Scholarship

William G. and Loyce Collenback Endowed Scholarship

 

 

 

 

 Other external scholarship options


Mental Health / Well Being

Your mental health and wellbeing are important to us at the UTSA DRC.  Below you will find some helpful resources available both on-campus, off-campus and online. 

UTSA Counseling Services

There is a wide-array of assistance provided by UTSA Counseling Services. Enrolled students can continue to access Counseling Services at any time throughout their semester (fall, spring, and summer). Some of their services include:

  • Individual Counseling
  • Group Counseling
  • Relationship Counseling
  • Biofeedback
  • TAO
  • What to Do After Hours
  • Outreach
  • Center for Collegiate Recovery

The office is located in the Recreation Wellness Center on the UTSA Main Campus. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. They can be reached by phone at (210) 458-4140 and online. 

External Resources 


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Upcoming Trainings

Dreamer ALLY Training

  • Thursday, October 24 (Students)
    10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    Pecan, Student Union (SU 2.01.26)
  • Tuesday, November 19 (Students)
    2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
    Pecan, Student Union (SU 2.01.26)

Know Your Rights Training

  • Thursday, September 19  (Faculty and Staff)
    1 p.m. - 2 p.m.  
    Pecan, Student Union (SU 2.01.26)
  • Thursday, October 17
    11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    TBD
  • Thursday, Novemeber 21
    1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
    Pecan, Student Union (SU 2.01.26)

 

TASFA/Scholarship Workshop

  • Tuesday, September 24 
    10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
    Hidalgo, H.E.B. Student Union (HSU 2.214)
  • Friday, October 25
    11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    Hidalgo, H.E.B. Student Union (HSU 2.214)
  • Thursday, November 7
    1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
    Hidalgo, H.E.B. Student Union (HSU 2.214)

 

Film Screening and Discussion

  • Thursday, October 10 (The River and the Wall)
    4:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.  
    Retama, Student Union (SU 2.02.02)

 

Employment/Internship Workshop

  • Monday, November 11 
    11 a.m. - 12 p.m.  
    Willow, Student Union (SU 2.02.12)

 

Reception for Graduating Dreamers

  • Tuesday, December 3
    4 p.m. - 6 p.m.  
    TBD