Through the leadership of the Virginia Intercollegiate Immigrant Alliance (VIIA), we supported bills to codify the ability for all Virginia residents to have the same access to in-state tuition for higher education into Virginia's legal code. We were thrilled to see these bills pass in 2020! However, there is still work to do. Here undocumented students and their supporters can find information and resources.
I am undocumented, do I qualify for in-state tuition?
You qualify for in-state tuition as long as you meet the following requirements:
- Attended high school for at least 2 years in Virginia
- Graduated on or after July 1, 2008, from a public or private high school, home school, or an approve high school equivalency exam
- Must provide 2 years of state income taxes
- Must be registered at an institution of higher education
Are undocumented students eligible to receive financial aid?
No, unfortunately, undocumented students in Virginia do not qualify for financial aid.
Student Organizations Advocating for Undocumented Students
DACA or DACAmented: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) allows certain undocumented immigrants who entered the country before their 16th birthday and before June 2007 to receive a renewable 2-year work permit and driver's license.
Undocumented: An undocumented student is a foreign national who:
1) entered the United States without inspection or with fraudulent documents; or
2) entered legally as a non-immigrant but then violated the terms of his or her status and remained in the United State without authorization (as defined by the National Immigration Law Center).