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Funding Sources for Undocumented Students

Undocumented students cannot legally receive any federally funded student financial aid, including grants and scholarships. However, there are a limited number of private scholarship funds and foundations which do not require U.S Citizenship. Below are lists/guides of scholarships available to undocumented students.

For additional information, see the undocumented students category of the Binghamton University SOAR Database.

  • Educators for Fair Consideration
    Educators for Fair Consideration strives to empower undocumented young people in the pursuit of college, career and citizenship. This resource provides a listing of undergraduate and graduate scholarship opportunities available to immigrant students. The website also provides advice and information on applying for these opportunities.
  • Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF)
    MALDEF strives to implement programs that are structured to bring Latinos into the mainstream of American political and socio-economic life; providing better educational opportunities; encouraging participation in all aspects of society; and offering a positive vision for the future.Scholarship Resource Guide
  • National Immigration Law Center
    The National Immigration Law Center is the only national legal advocacy organization in the U.S. exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants and their families.
  • Salvadorian American Leadership and Educational Fund (SALEF)
    SALEF's mission is to promote the civic participation and representation of the Salvadoran and other Latino communities in the U.S., promote the economic development and democracy in El Salvador, as well as to advocate for its economic, educational, and political advancement and growth.

Last Updated: 6/7/17