Why become a Monarch Student?
- Become part of a unique & safe academic community
- Be able to navigate university policies easily, regardless of status, with the help of a peer mentor
- Access to FREE textbooks, laptops, and other classroom necessities
- Attend professional workshops designed with students like you in mind!
- Succeed in some of the most difficult classes with our FREE unlimited tutoring
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Our mission is to promote a community where undocumented students can thrive academically, personally, professionally through program advising, mentoring, and workshops. We will partner with other departments at the University of Texas to promote a positive and welcoming environment for all students.
Our staff is committed to provide these services with the utmost confidentially to protect student’s identification. We will be allies who help raise awareness and advocate for the academic rights of undocumented students at the University of Texas at Austin.
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- Access textbooks every semester through a textbook lending library
- Laptops, iClickers, and other resources (calculators, blue books, etc.) will be available to you through a technology lending library
- Access to FREE unlimited tutoring with the Longhorn Center for Academic Excellence
- Staff members serve as a liaison and resource on campus
- Access to an easy-to-understand FAQ listing of university policies and application resources for prospective and admitted students
- An upper-class mentor will provide support during your first-year transition
- Mental wellness workshops and trainings in partnership with the Counseling and Mental Health Center (CMHC)
- Access a consortium of university units to address common issues experienced by undocumented students across campus
- Learn about undocufriendly companies where you can seek internship opportunities
- Participate in professional development workshops with undocumented professionals in the Austin community
- Participate and advocate for nationally recognized United We Dream Ally days (Educators Coming Out Day, Institutions Coming Out Day, etc.)
- Volunteer at UndocuWeek at The University of Texas at Austin to raise awareness
What things do I wish I knew before coming to UT?
A Q&A with a 3rd year DACAmented student majoring in Government, Spanish & Latin American Studies
Can I still study abroad even though I am undocumented/DACA-mented?
- If you are DACA-mented, yes! There is a process called Advance Parole. The International Office has great information on this and can help guide you every step of the way.
If I do study abroad where can I find funds for my trip and how does tuition work?
- There are many travel scholarships that are not restricted to US residents or citizens. Check your department and college scholarships page. You can also create a GoFundMe page to help you raise funds.
Why am I marked as an International Texas Resident?
- Anyone who is not a US resident or citizen is automatically marked as international.
Are there any benefits to this?
- Yes! The International Office is an added resource and a great one you should seek out if you ever have any questions.
Where can I meet other students that are in similar situations as I am?
- There is a great student-org called University Leadership Initiative that does great work with the undocumented community. There are also other organizations that are ethnicity based that embrace undocumented students.
- Remember, who you choose to tell about your status is up to you!
Where can I find scholarships that are tailored for students like me?
- Visit the International Office Dreamers Project Website and/or the Monarch Student Program Office for additional opportunities. Below are a few:
How do I tell interviewers of any job restrictions or of certain job permits?
- Be open! You don’t want to hide anything from potential employers and have it affect you later if you are hired. You can also keep it simple and give them a brief summary. For example, if you are DACA-mented there is nothing to say unless your work requires out of the country travelling.
Where can I go to understand all the acronyms (for example all the visas and other vocabulary)?
- DACA – Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is not a pathway to citizenship but it allows a student to work, study abroad, have a driver’s license, etc. This must be renewed every two years.
- HB 1403 – House Bill 1403 is sometimes used to refer to undocumented students who qualify for in-state tuition if they are TX residents.
- SB 1528 – State Bill 1528 is an amendment to HB 1403 which allows undocumented students to pay in-state tuition if they are TX residents.
- International Texas Resident – The University might refer to students this way as a distinction from a typical International exchange student or a student with a visa.
I have some questions regarding the paper FAFSA/TAFSA. Where do I go for help?
An Open Letter From A Fellow Student
Welcome to the Forty Acres! Whether it’s your first year or you’re an upper classmen, I know the fall brings about many new challenges. For the freshman, I know campus can be a bit overwhelming, especially the first couple of weeks which bring many events catered just for you along with a lot of students you will meet. During this time you will be exposed to many organizations and groups of people and I encourage you to seek these opportunities out and choose a place you feel comfortable. Believe it or not, but these are the places where you might find your closest friends for the next four years and possibly for a lifetime. Soon you will find your routine and all will be fine.
As a first generation college student, I already felt overwhelmed when I arrived on UT’s campus. This was added to the weight I have carried for years for being an undocumented student. Throughout high school I was always sure to do everything as best as I could and this followed me into college. At times the pressure got the best of me and that is all right. Sometimes the pressure will break you down but you will find that this will help you push through the semester and beyond. What always helps is giving myself a little time to do what I like and find relaxing. Find something you enjoy and indulge yourself here and there.
I have been at UT for two years now and will start my junior year this fall and I can now say that everything is falling into place and I cannot wait to see what my last two years have in store for me. I will end by offering some small wisdom along the way:
SEEK OUT! Whether it be new friends, student organizations, professors who share the same interest as you, or worthwhile opportunities seek them out. These are areas of your college experience that will make it all the more while.
EQUIP YOURSELF! Yes at the end of four years you will get your degree but what else will you bring to the table that the next person won’t. Equip yourself by participating in leadership roles in things that are of value to you. Tackle internships during your summers. Study abroad if you have the opportunity to. By equipping yourself you make yourself more competitive and you will thank yourself later.
DO NOT BE AFRAID! If you take anything from this, please take this with you. Yes there will be times where you will be scared but do not become afraid. In anything that you will do, you might be scared and that is natural but being afraid will paralyze you. Know that there are many people who their jobs are to help you succeed. And remember those who love you and support you and trust me you will not be afraid.
A fellow undocumented student.