The Clark Honors College affirms its support of all students regardless of immigration status or country of origin.
Undocumented and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students face unique barriers in their pursuit of higher education. The CHC has taken steps to ensure that our existing tuition waiver and scholarship programs are accessible to undocumented and DACA students.
CHC Opportunity Differential Tuition Waiver
Eligibility: The CHC Opportunity Differential Tuition Waiver Program is available to undocumented and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students. In order to qualify a student must be:
- able to demonstrate financial need
- ineligible for federal financial aid
International students who hold a visa (for example, F-1, J-1) are not eligible for this program. The CHC has dedicated competitive scholarships available to International Students.
Process: Students who have completed the Oregon Student Aid Application (ORSAA) will be automatically considered for the waiver. Waivers will be awarded based on financial need.
Once a waiver has been awarded, it will be renewable for up to 12 terms as long as the student remains enrolled in the CHC. Students should complete and submit the ORSAA every year. Undocumented and DACA students who have not completed the ORSAA are encouraged to meet with the university’s primary point of contact for Dreamer and undocumented students.
No information regarding student status or eligibility for this program is shared with the Clark Honors College. Students who have filed an ORSAA and have questions regarding their waiver should contact the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships.
If you are not eligible for the CHC Opportunity Differential Tuition waiver but are from a mixed-status family, we encourage you to work with Financial Aid and the Clark Honors College to identify solutions for financial barriers to CHC attendance. The CHC affirms its support for students from mixed-status families.
Students who are ineligible to file a FAFSA are able to demonstrate eligibility for all need-based CHC-administered scholarships using the Oregon Student Aid Application (ORSAA), which should be completed annually.
Other CHC Opportunities
Mentored Research Program: these awards are paid out as salary and students must complete a Student Employment Form.
Internship Funding Program: these awards are dispersed in bulk via direct deposit.
Inside-Out Prison Education Program: students enrolled in these classes go through a background check process and must provide a government ID (such as a driver’s license or passport number). The program will work with students who do not have these documents to find alternatives but cannot guarantee that they will be accepted.
The following CHC faculty and staff are Dreamer Allies who have been trained to support Dreamer students and promote their sense of belonging and safety as they pursue their higher education goals. Nonetheless, remember that when interacting with faculty, staff, and offices around campus you are never required to reveal your immigration status.
Learn more about University of Oregon campus resources for Dreamers
Learn more about the UO’s Tuition Equity program for undocumented/DACA students
Interested in applying to the University of Oregon? The following admissions counselors are Dreamer Allies who have been trained to support Dreamer students and promote their sense of belonging and safety as they pursue their higher education goals. They can help walk you through the processes of applying to and enrolling at the University of Oregon. Nonetheless, remember that when interacting with faculty, staff, and offices around campus you are never required to reveal your immigration status.