quinebaug valley community college

Access to Financial Aid for Undocumented Students

Undocumented Students

The Connecticut General Assembly enacted a state law that allows undocumented students to apply for institutional financial aid.  You must meet certain age, residency, and criminal history requirements along with an affidavit with the institution you are attending about your intent to legalize their immigration status when they are eligible to do so.  This does not apply to non-immigrant visa holders.

Veterans are Eligible Now

As of fall 2018, undocumented Veterans may be eligible for institutional financial aid. To be eligible, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Honorably discharged veteran of the US Armed Forces;
  • Thirty years of age or younger on June 15, 2012;
  • Fifteen years of age or younger when they arrived in the United States and have continuously resided in the United States since such arrival; and
  • Have not been convicted of a felony in this state or another state.

Student Eligible for Spring 2020 Semester

Starting in the 2019-2020 academic year, you may apply for institutional aid consideration toward the Spring 2020 semester.  To be eligible, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Classified as an in-state student for tuition purposes;
  • Thirty years of age or younger on June 15, 2012;
  • Sixteen years of age or younger when they arrived in the United States and have continuously resided in the United States since such arrival; and
  • Have not been convicted of a felony in this state or another state.

Additional Requirements

Institutional financial aid is awarded on the basis of financial need and fund availability.  In order to be considered for institutional financial aid, you must meet these additional eligibility requirements:

  • Must be classified as an in-state student for tuition purposes;
  • Be accepted into a degree or eligible certificate program;
  • Meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress policy at the attending institution;
  • Must meet any priority deadlines or requirements published by the attending institution related to the receipt of institutional financial aid.

Scholarship Opportunities Outside of QVCC

We encourage you to search for scholarship opportunities from additional resources.  Many organizations do not have restrictions based on citizenship or legal status.