NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers University has extended its association with a private agency assisting undocumented students covered under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, and will accept those students on the New Brunswick campus
In an announcement today, the university said its campus here will partner with TheDream.US, a nonprofit scholarship fund, and will offer financial aid to undocumented students who qualify under the DACA program.
TheDream.US National Scholarship, which is privately funded, covers undergraduate tuition and fees at partner colleges.
Rutgers' Newark campus has been a partner with the private agency since 2015, and currently has 41 DACA students enrolled there, university officials said.
“The recipients of this new scholarship program were brought to the United States as children, are New Jersey residents and deserve access to higher education," said Salvador B. Mena, vice chancellor for Student Affairs at the New Brunswick campus.
“This partnership enhances Rutgers University’s ability to support students who are 'Dreamers'," Mena said.
DACA allows people who were brought here illegally as children to receive a two-year deferred action from deportation. The two-year deferment is renewable. People given the deferments can not have felonies or serious misdemeanors on their records.
People eligible for the scholarships have until Feb. 28, 2019 to apply. Those receiving scholarships will be notified in late April, university officials said.
More information about the program is available at TheDream.US website.
DACA is a program implemented during former President Barack Obama's administration. Last year President Donald Trump repealed the program. Federal courts have ruled the deferments will end when current two-year periods have expired.