Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
Can I still study abroad if I have DACA?
- If you have DACA, yes! There is a process called Advance Parole. Texas Global has great information on this and can help guide you every step of the way. Please visit the Monarch Canvas page to access more information on this topic.
Why am I marked as an “international student?”
- Any student who is not a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident (green card holder) is labeled as an “international student.” Most students are given this label in relation to their UT registration regardless of Texas residency.
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. Follow @uli_tx
- Plus, there are over 1,300 student organizations to choose from!
Where can I find scholarships that are tailored for students like me?
- Please visit the Immigrants Rising Scholarships List that shares scholarship opportunities that do not require U.S. citizenship. Also, follow Monarch on social media and join our Email listserv to see updates about new scholarship opportunities.
What is happening with DACA?
- 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, and provides recipients with a SSN. This must be renewed every two years.
- Due to recent court rulings and injunctions, no new DACA applications are being processed. Current DACA recipients may continue to benefit from the program and renew every two-years.
How can I access in-state tuition and state financial aid in Texas?
- HB 1403 – House Bill 1403 grants non-immigrant students, including undocumented students, access to in-state tuition rates at Texas public institutions and to state financial aid (e.g., TASFA). You must meet specific criteria to qualify such as graduating from a Texas High School.
- SB 1528 – State Bill 1528 is an amendment to HB 1403 which allows all individuals who have lived in Texas for a significant part of their lives. Citizens, Permanent Residents and certain non-immigrant students could establish a claim to residency following its provisions.
I have some questions regarding the FAFSA/TASFA. Where do I go for help?
- Texas One Stop (Home page)
- For information about the FAFSA, paper TASFA, and the eTASFA, go here. Specific information about the TASFA is located under “Can a non-U.S. citizen qualify for state financial aid?”
- Please visit the Office of Financial Aid or email InterTX@austin.utexas.edu for assistance.
- Keep up with Monarch’s Email listserv and social media for updates on FAFSA and TASFA. Applications now open in December.
- You can also email us at email@example.com for support.