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DACA & Undocumented Students

Undocumented and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA)/Dreamer) students who apply to Northern are welcomed into our diverse Northern New Mexico College family.

We stand by our commitment to provide equal opportunities to all students who want to pursue a post-secondary education, regardless of citizenship status.


Undocumented and DACA/Dreamer students follow the same application procedure as all domestic (not international) applicants to Northern.

1. APPLY ONLINE, or download a fillable application and email it to admissions@nnmc.edu.

2. Submit (by email or mail) any of the following documents that you may have to the Admissions Office.

  • Transcripts from high school, dual-credit and college courses.
  • College entrance or placement exam scores you may have (SAT, ACT, Accuplacer, and HiSet).
  • Questions? Contact admissions@nnmc.edu or (505) 747-2111

3. Meet with a First-Year Academic Advisor

Financial Assistance

While Undocumented/DACA students are not eligible for federal financial aid — Northern, state, and other funding sources are available.

Scholarship Information

The Northern Scholarship:

State Scholarships

Scroll down for more scholarships and other resources.

Who qualifies for DACA?

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIC)
  • Website: https://www.uscis.gov, Phone: 1-800-375-5283
  • Find info about adjusting your status or applying for DACA.
  • Use this website to gather correct information, to avoid scams, report scams and to make sure any immigration procedure is sanctioned by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

Senate Bill 582: Relating to Higher Education, Prohibiting Denial of Admission or Eligibility for Education Benefits on Account of Immigrant Status

In the State of New Mexico, SB 582 establishes two things:

  • Prohibits universities from discriminating against students based on their immigration status; and
  • Provides in-state tuition and state funds such as the Legislative Lottery Scholarship if you:

Other Scholarships

Undocumented / DACA Community Resources

Catholic Charities
Website: http://www.ccasfnm.org/immigration.html

Phone: Alb: (505) 724-4670 Sf: (505) 424-9789
Email: citas@ccasfnm.org

El Centro de Igualdad y Derechos
Website: http://elcentronm.org
Phone: (505) 246-1627

Email: elcentro@yahoo.com

Haven House
Website: http://www.havenhouseinc.org/about-haven-house

Phone: (505) 896-4869  Emergency: 1 (800) 526-7157

New Mexico Dream Team
Website: http://nmdreamteam.org
Email:  info@nmdreamteam.org

New Mexico Faith Coalition for Immigrant Justice
Website: https://www.nmfaithcoalition.org

Phone: (505) 217-5846
Email: nmfc4ij@gmail.com

Santa Fe Dreamers Project
Website: http://www.santafedreamersproject.org
Phone: (505) 490-2789

Email: info@santafedreamersproject.org

Somos un Pueblo Unido
Website: http://www.somosunpueblounido.org/somos-un-pueblo-unido.html
Phone: (505) 424-7832

Email: somos@somosunpueblounido.org

Community Resource Directory

Betancourt Macias Family Scholarship Foundation
Website: https://www.undocuscholars.com

Covid Immigrant Family Resources: The Center for Immigration and Child Welfare
Website: http://cimmcw.org/resources/training-tools/covid-19-resources/

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