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Undocumented Student Resources

Our staff look forward to helping you navigate the application process and to supporting your educational goals.
If you have questions regarding the information or resources found on this webpage, reach out to us.

Please reach out to us with your questions. We look forward to working with you.

General Questions

Maria Garcia-Alvarez
Community Outreach and Evening Coordinator – Willimantic
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Help Applying for Financial Aid/Scholarships

Philhemina Boone
Educational Counselor
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September 2020:

The Connecticut State College and University System, which QVCC is a part of, was awarded a $350,000 grant from the Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority “to provide direct funding to undocumented students, who were locked out from receiving CARES ACT funding”. Payments of approximately $200 per eligible student were distributed at the beginning of October.

Fall 2019:

Connecticut has expanded opportunities for undocumented students to apply for and receive financial aid. To qualify students must apply by completing the institutional aid application (called the AACTUS).

Applying for Institutional Aid 

Connecticut expanded opportunities for undocumented students to apply for and receive financial aid. To qualify students must apply by completing the institutional aid application (called the AACTUS).

2020-2021 Aid Application for CT Undocumented Students (AACTUS)

What you need to apply and information about the basics of the process: (ENGLISH, SPANISH).

Additional information about qualifying for the AACTUS: (QVCC Financial Aid Department)

For help completing the aid application contact Philhemina Boone.

There are transfer colleges and universities that provide scholarships to undocumented students. View the “Resources” tab for more information.

The application process is the same for students regardless of citizenship or immigration status. All applicants must complete QVCC’s admission application and then the items on the Accepted Students Checklist. QVCC does not require a Social Security Number (SSN) for admission to the college. While some college applications may ask for a SSN, no college is under legal obligation to collect it from a student.

In some cases, taking an English as a Second Language (ESL) assessment may be helpful. If you think you might need to take an ESL assessment reach out to:

Maria Garcia Alvarez


Professor Elkin Espitia-Loaiza

As of fall 2018, undocumented Veterans may be eligible for institutional financial aid.

For information about eligibility criteria visit the Undocumented Student Financial Aid page and our Veteran’s page for information about applying for veteran’s educational benefits.

To connect with an advisor that has been trained as as undocumented student ally, reach out to Catherine Gregory.

Academic advisors in Danielson and Willimantic are available to help you navigate all aspects of the registration process including selecting courses and majors.

Advisors are available by email, phone, or video appointment.

To schedule an appointment click here or visit the Advising page for a complete list of hours and contact information.

QVCC Support Services provides students with short-term, solution focused academic and personal counseling to respond to the wide variety of questions and concerns that students experience as part of college or personal life.

QVCC Support Services also provides referrals to community agencies and health care providers for basics needs or when more extensive counseling support is needed.

Set up a virtual appointment today or contact Mikaela Kitka directly at mkitka@qvcc.edu or 860-932-4299.

The Neighbor Fund helps people and their families who need legal support and other kind of help because of their immigration status. Visit their website for more information.

For additional resources that may be available through QVCC reach out to Catherine Gregory.

CT Students For A Dream – Educational and financial information.

Resources for Students – Guide for completing the institutional aid application.

National Immigration Law Center – Updates and links regarding DACA.

DREAMer’s Roadmap – Scholarship and emergency funding opportunities.

United We Dream – Comprehensive resources and tools for undocumented students and their allies.

Fastweb – Scholarship opportunities.