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Learn more about the resources available to you as a DACA student

Financial Aid Resources for Undocumented and DACA-mented Students

Milan Institute accepts Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students!

At the Milan Institute, we believe education is empowering. Access to quality education is a fundamental right that should be available to everyone – regardless of your background or circumstances – and we are committed to providing career training programs that empower students to gain the education and training you desire. Milan Institute is dedicated to helping DACA students achieve your educational and career goals.

Milan Institute recognizes the potential and talent within DACA students and our goal is to provide you with the necessary resources to continue your education. Through our career training programs, language assistance, and expanded financing options, we are actively working to reduce any obstacles faced by DACA students.

DACA Student Services at the Milan Institute Include:

  • Language Assistance: Learning a new language can be a daunting task, especially when English is not your first language. In order to assist students in overcoming language barriers, Milan Institute provides translation devices, which can enable students to fully participate in classes, engage with instructors, and grasp course material effectively.
  • Expanded Financing Options: Financing one’s education is often a concern for students, particularly those who may not qualify for traditional financing such as Federal Financial Aid and grants. In order to reduce financial barriers for DACA students, Milan Institute has introduced additional financing options including 0% in-house student loans* with flexible terms. DACA students are also eligible to apply for Milan’s DACA scholarship; scholarship recipients receive awards ranging between $500 and $1000, depending on the program.

*Zero Percent Financing Available For Those Who Qualify

Finding financial resources can be challenging for undocumented and DACA-mented students, but Milan Institute is here to help you. Here are some additional resources: Financial Aid Resources for Undocumented Students

DACA Scholarship Available

If you’re a DACA student interested in pursuing an education at Milan Institute or Milan Institute of Cosmetology, you may be eligible to earn a DACA scholarship of up to $1,000. For more information, click here.

Milan Institute welcomes all students, including DACA students, to pursue your career in the field of beauty, massage therapy or healthcare.

Make Your Career Goals a Reality, with Milan Institute!


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Financial Aid for Undocumented and DACA-mented Students:

What is DACA?

DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, is a status given to certain students who entered the United States from another country before their 16th birthday (and before 2007), have been continually residing and attending school in the U.S. and have graduated high school or attained their GED. If you are undocumented or have DACA or a Temporary Protected Status (TPS), you do not qualify for federal financial aid.

How can undocumented students or DACA students pay for college?

Financial aid for undocumented students may be more difficult to find than for other students, but there are several options. Prospective students may be able to apply for state funding in certain locations, as well as payment plans, and private loans. They can also qualify for various scholarships or ask their employer about tuition remission.

Can you fill out the FAFSA if you don't have a Social Security number?

No. Students cannot fill out the FAFSA without a Social Security number. DACA students with a Social Security number may create an ID and proceed with the application. Though they still will not qualify for federal funding, they may receive state funding in some cases.

Can DACA students fill out the FAFSA?

DACA students who have a Social Security number may submit a FAFSA application, but they will not qualify for federal student aid. However, in some cases, DACA applicants may receive state aid. Check with your guidance counselor or advisor to determine if filling out this form is worthwhile.

Can a student with undocumented parents fill out the FAFSA?

Yes. Students with undocumented parents can submit the FAFSA since only the applicant needs a Social Security number. However, students may need to divulge their parents’ or guardians’ financial information to qualify for certain forms of funding.

Can undocumented students qualify for student loans?

Yes. While undocumented students cannot qualify for federal student loans, they can qualify for various other types of loans. For example, some state funding programs may be available, and they can often access student loans from private lenders.

Resources for DACA and Dream Act Updates: