Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

In June 2012, the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security announced a discretionary mandate known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

DACA allows undocumented individuals to gain temporary lawful presence in the United States if they meet certain criteria. By gaining lawful presence, undocumented individuals will be eligible to receive a U.S. work permit and gain relief from temporary deportation.

Salt Lake Community College DACA students are eligible to:

  • Obtain part-time or full-time employment on campus
  • Receive SLCC employee benefits (if the student is working full time)
  • Apply for private scholarships

Currently, Salt Lake Community College DACA students will NOT qualify for:

  • Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA and federal student loans)
  • Institutional or public scholarships, including tuition waivers
  • Work-study positions funded through federal dollars

NOTE: SLCC students who have DACA status will still have to complete an HB 144 affidavit in order to determine their eligibility for in-state tuition.

If you have questions about DACA, or if you want to know the qualifications for applying, please visit the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website for more information.

It is highly recommended that students study the USCIS website and read the application instructions closely when completing the DACA application. If necessary, there are many free and paid services that can help students apply for DACA.

Please visit the Resources page for a list of organizations that can help students with the DACA process.