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Clark University supports the development and education of undocumented students and students with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or Temporary Protected Status (TPS) from admissions through graduation.

Admissions

We welcome all applicants regardless of citizenship status. Below are some Frequently Asked Questions. If you have a specific question, please contact your admissions counselor.

Clark University Undergraduate Admissions

Clark University Graduate Admissions

FAQs

Undocumented, DACA, or TPS students may follow the same application process as domestic students. When submitting the Common Application, undocumented students should answer the citizenship question by selecting “DACA, undocumented, Deferred Enforced Departure, or Temporary Protected Status.”

No, we accept applications from undocumented students with or without DACA status. There is no advantage in the admissions process for undocumented students with DACA status versus those without it.

Yes, undocumented students should feel free to share their personal stories through the essay portion of the application to help us better understand their backgrounds and experiences. High school guidance counselors and teachers are also welcome to share more through letters of recommendation. Information provided on the application is confidential. Understanding a student’s status will also help us guide them through the financial aid application process.

Yes, we consider all undocumented students living in the U.S. as domestic students who are eligible for domestic financial aid, which includes both merit-based scholarships and need-based aid. While undocumented students are not eligible for federal financial aid, they can be considered for institutional aid provided by Clark. To be considered for aid, students must complete the CSS Profile and submit their parents’ income tax returns, if available. If taxes are not filed taxes, a Nontax Filer Statement can be submitted. More information on financial aid can be found here.

No, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is not required for undocumented students with DACA status. However, students with DACA status can use their Social Security Number (SSN) to complete the FAFSA. While DACA students are currently not eligible for federal financial aid or federal loans, they can still complete the FAFSA to receive a Student Aid Report (SAR). A SAR can help demonstrate need when a student is applying for institutional aid and other scholarships. DACA students should select “No, I am not a citizen or eligible non-citizen” as a response to the “Are you a citizen?” question on the FAFSA.

Whether or not parents file taxes, parents’ financial information must be provided on the CSS Profile. An undocumented parent can complete the CSS Profile without a Social Security Number (the CSS Profile will assign a CSS ID to anyone who does not report an SSN). If parents use an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) to file taxes, they should not use their ITIN in place of an SSN on the CSS profile.

No, parents’ citizenship status will not affect financial aid eligibility at Clark. In addition to the financial information on the CSS, some additional financial documents will need to be submitted to Clark. If parents file taxes, they can submit their W-2 and tax returns. If parents do not file taxes, they can submit a Nontax Filer Statement.

A student who is undocumented or has DACA or TPS and has health insurance that meets Massachusetts’ requirements can request a waiver to the otherwise required Clark’s Student Health Insurance Plan.

If a student has a work authorization card based on DACA or TPS, they can work in the U.S. and they should view open positions on Handshake.  Feel free to contact Julie Bolduc in Student Employment with any questions.

Unfortunately, if a student is undocumented, they cannot work on campus. However, they may be able to secure a volunteer position so that they can build your work experiences for their resume. If you are an undergraduate student, make an appointment in Handshake with a career adviser by topic (including career advising or finding funding for unpaid opportunities. Instructions for this are found here. Graduate students should reach out to their respective career services offices.

Resources for Students

There are many departments at Clark who strive to support students who are undocumented or hold DACA or TPS status.

Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI)

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) advances the University’s mission and commitment to excellence by working collaboratively to promote a campus climate that values diversity and inclusion and is free of bias and harassment for all students, staff, and faculty.

For more information on how ODI can assist you, please email the office.

Dean of Students Office

Recognizing that education is a process occurring both inside and outside the classroom, the Dean of Students staff is concerned with your well-being as a person living and learning in a community of scholars. As a result, you should feel free to consult with staff members in this office about any aspect of life at Clark, whether personal or academic.

If you are not sure who to bring your questions to, the Dean of Students Office is a good place to start. For more information, call 1-508-793-7423 or email the office.

Multicultural and First Generation Student Support Office

The Multicultural and First Generation Student Support Office (MFGSS) office also welcomes students who are undocumented or hold DACA and TPS status and are looking for social or academic support. Students can participate in identity-based community groups that meet regularly.

For more information, call 1-508-421-3722 or email the office.

Center for Counseling and Personal Growth

The Center for Counseling and Personal Growth’s (CPG’s) dedicated team of psychologists, counselors, and interns provides a range of clinical services for students who are undocumented or hold DACA and TPS status. These services include solution-focused first-time appointments, individual counseling, group therapy/drop-in discussion groups, crisis intervention, and psychiatry services. It is important to note that these services are confidential. Visit CPG for more information.

International Center at Corner House

The International Center (IC) is the main hub for international students at Clark, and it supports all students who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. The International Center can assist with connecting you with legal resources should you need them.

Contact the International Center for more information.

Current Status of DACA

As of April 2022, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is not able to approve new, initial DACA requests due to a court order. However, renewal DACA requests are being processed.

External Resources

  • Ascentria Care Alliance: Immigration Legal Assistance Program provides free and low-cost legal services to immigrants in Massachusetts. Our team of legal professionals and lawyers offers legal advice and representation to complete immigration applications and petitions.
  • Central West Justice Center provides free consultations on immigration law questions to low-income residents of Central and Western Massachusetts.
  • Catholic Charities of Worcester County Immigration Services provides assistance with the various forms of immigration applications, including family-based immigration, adjustment of status, employment authorization, and other related immigration forms and procedures. We also provide referrals for immigration physicals.
  • LGBT Asylum Taskforce is a ministry of Hadwen Park Congregational Church, UCC that welcomes LGBTQ people of all faith traditions. They provide housing, food, and connection to legal, medical, and mental resources at other local agencies.
  • Student Immigration Movement (SIM) is the only undocumented youth-led organization in Massachusetts with growing chapters in Greater Boston, New Bedford, Central Mass, and North Shore.
  • RAI Counseling: The RAI Cares Program, was created out of necessity: To provide affordable online & phone counseling to low-income clients, clients without insurance, or clients who are having difficulty finding counselors that accept their insurance.
  • The Immigrant Learning Center is designed to help immigrants and refugees become economically self-sufficient and socially and civically engaged. Classes are offered free of charge, year-round to 900 or more students who range from those with little or no formal education to those with advanced degrees in their native languages.
  • United We Dream provides extensive information and support for immigrants in the U.S.
  • Informed Immigrant is another organization that provides information for immigrants in the U.S. and has information about filing DACA applications.
  • Immigrants Rising is an organization that focuses on providing support to undocumented and DACA students for life after college.
  • Pre-Health Dreamers was informally co-founded in 2012 by three undocumented youth in the San Francisco Bay Area, Pre-Health Dreamers (PHD) flourished out of the need for comprehensive support to pursue higher education at the graduate and professional levels.
  • Immigrant Legal Resource Center trains attorneys, paralegals, and community-based advocates who work with immigrants around the country. We inform the media, elected officials, and public to shape effective and just immigration policy and law. Our staff works with grassroots immigrant organizations to promote civic engagement and social change: Ilrc.org
    • Immigration options for Undocumented Immigrant Children fact sheets
Contact Information

International Center

Office Location
Office Hours
  • 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Monday – Friday

  • Summer Hours
    (June 1 – August 1)

    9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Monday – Thursday

    9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Friday