Undocumented Student Resources

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Specially designed for Prospective and Current Students, Faculty and Staff at NJCU

Resources for Prospective and Current Undocumented NJCU Students

Undocumented students add richness and value to the NJCU community. We understand that there are particular challenges for undocumented students as they navigate policies, processes, and academic requirements of university study, and we are here to help. 

This page contains the following resources for undocumented students to use during their entire time at NJCU: 

  • An admissions checklist for prospective students.
  • Financial aid information (including state aid and outside scholarships) to help pay for your NJCU education.
  • On-campus resources, including information about student activities, counseling services, and campus public safety.
  • Off-campus resources, including information on legal aid, mental health services, and community partners. 

All resources can be used directly by prospective or current NJCU students. Administration, faculty, and staff also can help our NJCU community by sharing these resources with undocumented students and their families. 

NJCU is committed to supporting and empowering our undocumented students to help them reach their full potential at NJCU and beyond.

What is the New Jersey Dream Act?

The New Jersey Tuition Equality Act

The Law (Statute P.L. 2013, c.170), now in effect, allows undocumented students who meet certain criteria to qualify for the in-state tuition rates at all of New Jersey’s public institutions of higher education. On December 20, 2013, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed into law Senate Bill 2479 (The Tuition Equality Act) referred to as the New Jersey Dream Act.

Admissions Checklist

Apply for NJCU Admission by completing the admissions application and submitting all transcripts, essays, and test scores. 
If you need us to waive the application fee, please contact admissions.

Financial Aid Information

Apply for State Aid through NJCU Financial Aid Office to ease the cost of your bill
Qualifications to Apply for State Aid:

  • Attended high school in New Jersey for three or more years; and
  • Graduated from a New Jersey high school or received the equivalent of a high school diploma in this State; and
  • Register as an entering student or are currently enrolled in a public institution of higher education not earlier than the fall semester of the 2013-2014 academic year; and
  • File an AFFIDAVIT with NJCU stating you have filed an application to legalize your immigration status or will file an application as soon as you are eligible to do so. 

Apply for NJ State Aid before the semester you enroll
The New Jersey Alternative Financial Aid Application allows undocumented students enrolled in eligible New Jersey colleges and universities to apply for state financial aid.
Complete this application if you are not a United States citizen or eligible noncitizen and meet all State of New Jersey Eligibility Criteria: Complete the New Jersey Alternative Financial Aid Application
Please be aware that the online application will not save an incomplete application. Please call customer service at (609) 584-4480 with any concerns.
Important: If a pop-up appears on your application screen requesting to track your physical location, select “Options for this site” and then choose “Always deny and don’t tell me” and continue with your application.

Create a NJFAMS account

For state aid deadline dates, please visit: http://www.hesaa.org/Pages/StateApplicationDeadlines.aspx

Apply for Undocumented-Student-Friendly Outside Scholarships

Here is a Listing of Some of the Scholarships and their Individual Requirements:

First in the Family Humanist Scholarship
Application Deadline:
 6/10/2019
Amount: $1,000
Four (4) $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to graduating LAUSD seniors who will be the first in their immediate families to go to college. Preference will be given to students who are (or have been) in foster care, homeless, undocumented students and/or LGBTQ. A two to three paragraph essay must accompany the application (between 400-700 words) on the following topic: Humanism is based on the [...] More

Ford Foundation Fellowship Program
Application Deadline:
 Varies
Amount: Varies
Through its Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation's college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.
Predoctoral, Dissertation, and [...] More

Freedom From Religion Foundation Catherine Fahringer Memorial Award
Application Deadline:
 6/17/2019
Amount: $2,500
The First In The Family Freedom From Religion Foundation Catherine Fahringer Memorial award is available to high school youth who live in the U.S. who identify as atheist, agnostic, humanist and/or secular, and are accepted into two or four-year colleges. Preference is given to students of color (Black/African American, Latino(a), Asian/Pacific Islander, Native American) who are (or have been) in [...] More

Latino Resources College Scholarship Fund
Application Deadline:
 5/31/2019
Amount: $2,000
The Latino Resources College Scholarship Fund was launched in 2014 as a responsive Latino student success initiative. Through the Latino Resources College Scholarship Fund monetary awards are made to exceptional Latino college students in order to support increased Latino college completion rates. Latino students who are pursuing college education goals at a two-year community college, vocational [...] More

PepsiCo Cesar Chavez Latino Scholarship
Application Deadline:
 5/31/2019
Amount: $5,000
The PepsiCo Cesar Chavez Latino Scholarship Fund is awarding scholarships to students of Latino descent who are
beginning or continuing their studies at a higher education institution. The fund provides financial assistance to
qualified Latino/a students in an effort to promote academic success. PepsiCo Cesar Chavez Latino Scholarship
Fund Recipients will be honored at the annual Si Se Puede [...] More

Support Creativity Graduate Scholarship
Application Deadline:
 5/5/2019
Amount: $1,000
Design something creative that illustrates your passion for your specific creative field. This can be done in absolutely any medium (drawing, painting, animation, digital media, film, etc.) Submit an essay that explains this piece of work. Also, make sure to express why you should receive this scholarship and any financial hardship that you may be going through. It can be as long as you want and [...] More

Support Creativity Undergraduate Scholarship
Application Deadline:
 5/1/2019
Amount: $1,000
Design something creative that illustrates your passion for your specific creative field. This can be done in absolutely any medium (drawing, painting, animation, digital media, film, etc.). Submit an essay that explains this piece of work. Also, make sure to express why you should receive this scholarship and any financial hardship that you may be going through. It can be as long as you want and [...] More

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund College Scholarships
Application Deadline:
 4/2/2019
Amount: $5,000
HSF/ General College Scholarships are designed to assist students of Hispanic heritage in obtaining a college degree. Scholarships are available on a competitive basis to graduating high school seniors, community college transfer students, undergraduate students and graduate students. Applicants must be of Hispanic heritage and have a minimum of 3.0 GPA for high school students. A minimum of 2.5 [...] More

The Pinnacol Foundation College Scholarship Program
Application Deadline:
 4/15/2019
Amount: Varies
The Pinnacol Foundation Scholarship Program helps the children of Colorado workers injured or killed in a compensable work-related accident - regardless of insurance carrier - pay for a post-secondary education. Applicant must be the natural, adopted, step-child or full dependent of a worker injured or killed in a compensable work-related accident during the course and scope of employment with [...] More

TheDream.US Community College Graduate Scholarship
Application Deadline:
 3/8/2019
Amount: Varies
The Community College Graduate Scholarship is available to community college students with demonstrated financial need who have earned their associate's degrees and seek to complete their bachelor's degrees at one of our four-year Partner Colleges. Students who are currently enrolled in a bachelor's degree program are not eligible. Scholars are selected from a nationwide pool of [...] More

TheDream.US First Time College Student Scholarship
Application Deadline:
 3/8/2019
Amount: $25,000
The TheDream.US First Time College Student Scholarship is available to high school seniors or high school graduates with demonstrated financial need who are first-time college students and seek to earn a career-ready associate's or bachelor's degree at one of our partner colleges. Students who are currently enrolled in college are not eligible. Must have a minimum 2.5 GPA, demonstrate significant [...] More

United Methodist GBHEM Doctorate Level Scholarships
Application Deadline:
 3/7/2019
Amount: $10,000
GBHEM Scholarships administers scholarship programs with one general application. Criteria for each scholarship program varies. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or DACA person and be an active member of The United Methodist Church for at least one year. Applicants must have a masters degree and be enrolled in a doctoral program for ministry. A minimum 2.5 GPA is also [...] More

United Methodist GBHEM General Scholarships
Application Deadline:
 3/1/2019
Amount: $2,000
GBHEM Scholarships administers scholarship programs with one general application. Criteria for each scholarship program varies. 
Eligibility:
-Must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or DACA person
-Must be an active full member of the United Methodist Church for at least one year (international applicants must be active full members for at least three years. Other Methodist [...] More

United Methodist GBHEM Ministry as a Career Scholarships
Application Deadline:
 3/1/2019
Amount: $10,000
GBHEM Scholarships administers scholarship programs with one general application. Criteria for each scholarship program varies. 
The minimum requirements for Ministry scholarships are:
-Applicants must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or DACA person
-Applicants must be an active full member of The United Methodist Church for at least 1 year (International applicants must be active full [...] More

After Admission

On Campus Resources

Off Campus Resources

These are local resources available for students to seek out and for faculty and staff to refer students to in the NJCU community.  

CWS Jersey City
LEGAL HELP
26 Journal Square, Suite 600 Jersey City, NJ 07306
201-659-0468

Church World Service (Jersey City)
MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT
26 Journal Square, Suite 600 Jersey City, NJ 07306
201-659-0467

Asylum Seekers Advocacy Project
LEGAL HELP, COMMUNITY ACTION AND ORGANIZING
40 Rector Street, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10006

The Black Institute
COMMUNITY ACTION AND ORGANIZING
39 Broadway Suite 1740, New York, NY 10006
212-871-6899

The Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights (New York)
COMMUNITY ACTION AND ORGANIZING
85 Broad St, 29th Floor, New York, NY 10004
646-838-0229

First Friends of NJ & NY
MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT, LEGAL HELP
53 Hackensack Ave, Kearny, NJ 07032
908-965-0465

General Resources for Undocumented Students

These are general resources available for NJCU students within the United States to seek out and for faculty and staff to refer students to in the NJCU community.  

Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)
Resources for DACA students

Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)
Resources for Faculty and Staff to aid undocumented students

United We Dream (UWD)
The Largest Immigrant Youth Led Network

Dreamers Roadmap
Helping Undocumented Students Find Scholarships Through A Mobile App

TheDream.US
A resource library with a list of links, toolkits, guides, references and other information pertinent to Dreamers.

Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund 

Que Llueva Café Scholarship Chicano Organizing & Research in Education (CORE) 
Email: information@ca-core.org

La Unidad Latina Foundation Scholarships La Unidad Latina Foundation

Consejo de Federaciones Mexicanas en Norteamérica Consejo de Federaciones Mexicanas en Norteamérica 

Geneseo Migrant Center Scholarships Geneseo Migrant Center 

Western Union Foundation’s Family Scholarship Program 
Western Union Foundation 

Beca Univision 
Univision

MALDEF 

Ayuda Financiera del Estudiante en Español FinAid —The Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid 

Immigrants Rising
(formerly S4FC)

Living in the United States: A Guide for Immigrant Youth (2015) Immigrant Legal Resource Center