The University of Northern Iowa (UNI) is committed to student success, which includes providing a campus culture that not only reflects and values the evolving diversity of society but also promotes inclusion. As a campus community we strive to fully support all of our students, including undocumented students and students under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). 

UNI offers resources and information to help current and future students navigate their experience at our university and help them achieve their educational goals

We are thrilled you are considering starting your college journey with us.  We know that being a DACA student can sometimes be confusing so the information on this page is here to help you.  However if you do have questions, please feel free to contact us at anytime - admissions@uni.edu (and maybe a contact person

Applying to UNI

Undocumented/DACAmented students should use the “U.S./Domestic Application” for admission.   Link to application. DACA students who live in Iowa are considered “residents” for the application and scholarship purposes.

Financial Aid for Undocumented/DACAmented Students

Although students are not able to submit a FAFSA, private scholarship funding is available to undocumented/DACAmented students. Admitted students interested in attending UNI are encouraged to complete and submit the UNI Scholarship Application. 

View merit based scholarship criteria and access the UNI Scholarship Application.

Community, State, and National Scholarships 

The Iowa Department of Human Rights provides an extensive list of resources and scholarships that are available to undocumented/DACAmented students. 

View the list of scholarships.

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