Undocumented Students

Undocumented students who qualify under AB540 criteria can apply for financial aid by submitting the California Dream Act Application. To be considered for King Hall grants and need-based scholarships undocumented AB540 eligible students must complete the following steps:

Additional Resources for Undocumented Students

For more information, please visit the UC California Dream Act webpage provided by the University of California. CSAC also provides useful resources about the California Dream Act. We also have listed a variety of resources available to undocumented students, including scholarship opportunities:

Student Community Support & Legal Resources

Financial Literacy Information & Outside Scholarships

Private Lending Options1

  • MPOWER Student Loans for DACA Students
    • Available to students with and without U.S. citizen status
    • Loans up to annual cost of attendance available
    • No co-signer required
    • Interest rates higher than federal student loans, but similar repayment period and grace periods
  • Social Finance DACA Graduate School Loans
    • Available to students with documented DACA or TPS immigration status
    • No co-signer required, no credit score minimum (passing credit check is required)
    • Limited to $70,000 per academic year (please check with lender for most current information on annual and total program caps)
    • Interest rates equal to federal student loans, repayment periods of 10 or 20 years based upon various factors including loan amount, 6-month grace period on repayment after graduation
  • Prodigy Finance | International Student Loans
    • Available to students without U.S. citizen status
    • No co-signer or collateral required
    • Average interest rate of 14.88% APR (check with lender for most current interest rates)
    • Flexible repayment (7-20 year plans) and 6-month grace period following graduation
    • Loans up to cost of attendance possible

Information on AB540

Until the passage of the Dream Act, undocumented students were not eligible for state or university funded financial aid. Under this new law, undocumented students who qualify under AB540 criteria may now be eligible for certain types of financial aid, including the law school's merit-based scholarships and need-based grants. The California Dream Act Application is used to determine a student's eligibility for need-based financial aid. For information on what this means for you at UC Davis, please see the Paying for UC's California Dream Act webpage.

Information on Deferred Action

On June 15, 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that certain people who came to the United States as children and meet several key guidelines may request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal, and would then be eligible for work authorization. Deferred action is a discretionary determination to defer removal action of an individual as an act of prosecutorial discretion. Deferred action does not provide an individual with lawful status. For more information visit the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival webpage.

  • 1We strongly encourage students to contact our financial aid staff at financialaid@law.ucdavis.edu before beginning the private loan application process to ensure they understand the terms of the loan programs and any limitations on their eligibility.