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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

On June 15, 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that certain undocumented students who came to the United States as children and meet several key guidelines may request, through a formal process, consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal. Only individuals who can prove through verifiable documentation that they meet these guidelines are eligible to be considered for deferred action. Determinations will be made on a case-by-case basis under the guidelines.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has a variety of useful resources about DACA on their website:

United We Dream has a variety of useful resources for students to use when applying for DACA: United We Dream also has a resource guide for teachers and counselors.

Please note:

  1. Students are strongly encouraged to seek professional advice and/or counsel from an attorney or immigration specialist for all legal matters related to their immigration status. Cincinnati State does not offer legal advice regarding students' immigration status or eligibility for DACA.
  2. There have been numerous reports of false advertising where DACA applicants have been taken advantage of and charged large service fees by individuals claiming to be advocates or even lawyers who can "help" with the application process. United We Dream has created a useful tool to help find legal counsel:

Attending Cincinnati State

DACA Recipients

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students who wish to enroll at Cincinnati State must complete the application process and submit all required DACA documentation by the stated deadline.

Application and submission of required documentation is encouraged as soon as possible to allow time for questions, advising and processing.   If your application is approved, DACA students will be eligible to apply for in-state tuition.

The contact person for students, referrals and questions is Karen Magness-Lewe at karen.magness-lewe@cincinnatistate or 513.569.1528. DACA students are not eligible for any state or federal financial aid and do not need to complete a FAFSA.

What you need to apply

  1. Complete the admission process steps beginning with the on-line application for admission. Be sure to check ‘DACA - Deferred Action for your citizenship/immigration
  2. Complete the DACA Residency Application Form
  3. Bring the following documentation to the Office of the Registrar – Residency
    • Copy of I-797 Notice of Action
      (must state "Notice of Deferred Action" in the body of the document)
    • Copy of Employment Authorization Card
    • Copy of State ID or driver's license
    • Completed DACA Residency Application Form
      Males 18-26 will need to provide a Selective Service number on the application
  4. Please note that you will need to complete the admission process in order for the DACA Residency Application (pdf) to be processed.

Undocumented Students

We welcome all students to apply to Cincinnati State. If you are undocumented and have not received DACA, unfortunately, you are not eligible for in-state tuition or financial assistance. Tuition fees for undocumented students are calculated at the out-of-state fee rate. Submit an online application.

Fields of study

Please be aware that undocumented and DACA students may face barriers in completing certain programs of study. For example, programs that require a practicum or licensure may be restricted based on Ohio law to U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Contact your advisor to discuss your possibilities.

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