Financial Resources for Undocumented Students

Welcome to our webpage specifically to introduce undocumented students to financial and other resources related to going to college. We are glad that you are here at UVA or are considering coming to UVA.

Information for Virginia Domiciled Students With DACA Status

If you currently have DACA status and have a Social Security Number, you should be able to complete the FAFSA and therefore receive a Student Aid Report. Your Student Aid Report should provide resources for external funding sources and should allow you to apply for external scholarships that require a student to have an SAR. It is important to note that getting the SAR does NOT automatically grant you scholarships. You must still apply to individual non-UVA scholarship granting agencies. Receiving a SAR only opens the doors to more such options. You can also refer to our information for DACA students.

Information for Virginia Domiciled Students Who Are Undocumented

Undocumented students or students with significant financial need are eligible for enrollment fee waivers. Students should contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission at 434-982-3200, or [email protected] to request a fee waiver.

Even though financial aid through UVA is not available to students with undocumented status during the 2021-2022 academic year, there are financial resources out there to help you plan how to fund your education.  We'll be adding to this resource regularly as we become aware of more options that might be available to you. In the meantime, we encourage you to follow undocUVA on social media to connect with other students throughout the application and financing process. This active student organization has created a list of scholarships for which undocumented and DACA students are eligible.

Undocumented students without DACA status are unable to complete a FAFSA.  

Changes Coming for the 2022-2023 Year for Virginia Domiciled Students

There are important changes to financial aid eligibility coming in the 2022-2023 academic year both for students with DACA status and for those who are undocumented. This information applies only to students who have been approved by the Office of Virginia Status at UVA of having a Virginia domicile or meet the Tuition Equity provision.

Virginia-domiciled students or those who meet the Tuition Equity provision with either DACA or undocumented status could be eligible for both State and University financial aid by following the steps below.

As of December 13, 2021, a new financial aid application from the State Council on Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV) is available. The student portal to complete the application can be found here: www.vasaapp.org. Complete eligibility requirements can be found on the application form. 

Follow this link for instructions on how to create a VASA Student Account through SCHEV

After the student completes the SCHEV application form, SFS will receive the student's information. Then, after a review of the application by Student Financial Services, applicants may be asked to submit additional documents by uploading them through the To Do List within the Student Information System at UVA. All applicants, though, should be prepared to submit the following documents:

  • A signed copy of the PARENT(S)’ 2020 federal tax return and all schedules, or their foreign tax return (in English with currency notated). If the parent(s) are not required to file a 2020 federal tax return, the parent(s) must complete the 2022-2023 Parent Non-Tax Filer Form. You may be asked to submit an IRS Tax Return Transcript or IRS Statement of Non-Tax Filing Status for 2020.
  • A copy of all PARENT(S)’ 2020 W-2 form(s) and/or 1099 forms.
  • A signed copy of the STUDENT’S 2020 federal tax return and all schedules. If the student is not required to file a 2020 federal tax return, the student must complete the 2022-2023 Student Non-Tax Filer Form. You may be asked to submit an IRS Tax Return Transcript or IRS Statement of Non-Tax Filing Status for 2020.