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If I am a DACA recipient, am I eligible to apply for financial aid?

YES. Undocumented Immigrants/DACAmented/Dreamers who are ineligible to apply for federal aid (FAFSA) are also eligible to apply.

To receive a scholarship under the Illinois DREAM Fund, a students will have to meet the same requirements that currently apply to receiving an in-state tuition rate at public universities in Illinois:

• Have at least one parent who immigrated to the U.S.;

• Lived with a parent or guardian while going to high school in Illinois;

• Graduated from an Illinois high school or received a GED; and

• Must have attended school in Illinois for at least three years before graduating or receiving a GED certificate.

In order to qualify for HB60 In-State Tuition rates (at public Illinois colleges or universities) under HB 60, undocumented student must meet the following requirements:

• Student has resided in Illinois with his/her parent or guardian while attending public or private high school;

• Student has graduated from an Illinois public or private high school or received a GED from Illinois;

• Student has attended an Illinois high school for at least three (3) years;

• Student has registered to enter a university no earlier than fall 2003 semester; and

• Student provides the university with an affidavit stating he/she will file an application to become a permanent resident of the U.S. once he/she becomes eligible to do so

If I graduated high school or am currently enrolled at an institution - are official high school transcripts necessary to submit?

Yes. We need to verify that each applicant is eligible under the Illinois Dream Act to receive the Dream Fund scholarship. They can be opened and uploaded to the onsite application prior to March 1, 2014.

Do I have to be a current college student?

No. Applicants can be current high school seniors planning to attend an accredited public/private non profit - two year (junior college/community college) or four year institution.

Current undergraduates are eligible to apply. Unfortunately at this moment, the scholarship is only for undergraduates and NOT open to Graduate or PhD students.

All applicants must be eligible under the Illinois Dream Act to be considered for the scholarship.

Can these funds be applied towards non-tuition academic expenses?

Yes. The scholarship is to assist recipients with tuition expenses. This includes tuition, institutional fees, books, institutional medical insurance and/or any additional educational expenses to attend the institution of their choice in IL or outside of Illinois.

If you encounter any additional issues, we ask that contact Wize Hive directly at support@wizehive.com . Be sure to put in the subject area - Illinois Dream Fund. (SOURCE: IllinoisDreamFund.org)

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