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What is DACA?

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a program created by President Obama through executive order that provides temporary lawful presence to immigrant youth. The purpose of DACA is to protect undocumented immigrant youth from deportation who came to the United States before the age of 16. The program provides protection from deportation, work permit, and the ability to apply for social security. After two years, DACA must be renewed.

Important Information Regarding DACA

In accordance with a federal court order, acceptance of grant renewals under DACA has been resumed. For those who have never been granted deferred action under DACA, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration (USCIS) will not be accepting any requests, and those with DACA are eligible for renewal. Until further notified, the DACA policy will be acting on the same standings as before it was rescinded on September 5th, 2017. Additional information can be found here: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals: Response to January 2018 Preliminary Injunction

WCU Response to DACA Announcement

Faculty Senate Proposal and UNC Faculty Senate Assembly Statement

Former Chancellor Belcher’s Response regarding the DACA Program

Are students with DACA eligible to attend Western Carolina University?

Regardless of citizenship status, all students that apply to Western Carolina University are eligible for admission.


Western Carolina University will continue to support its DACA recipients and monitor all legislative actions that may affect those who fall within DACA status. We recognize the positive impact this program has on our institution and community and intend on protecting the rights of our students in pursuing their education, and most of all, their dreams. Our commitment to creating a safe and inclusive environment for students has been strengthened in lieu of current events. The University will keep its community updated on any major changes and continue to advocate for and stand with our DACA students.

Due to federal regulations, DACA and undocumented students are not eligible to receive financial aid and must pay out-of-state tuition. However, we highly encourage our students to take advantage of financial/scholarship resources listed below.


Financial/Scholarship resources:

Resources at WCU:

Advocacy/Legal-Assistance Resources:

Pisgah Legal Services
PO Box 2276, Asheville, NC 28802

Additional Information:


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