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DACA Students

What is DACA?

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is an action that was declared by the Secretary of Homeland Security that permits undocumented youth to remain (and possibly work) in the United States if brought by their parents at a young age and they present no safety risk. Students who successfully complete the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals process are DACA recipients. For more information on requirements and the application process, visit:

What is APSU's policy on DACA recipients?

Visit the APSU admissions page to read about the Tennessee Eligiblity Verification for Entitlements Act: Those who are granted "deferred action" status are eligible for work authorization.  They can also obtain social security cards, work authorization cards and, in some states, driver licenses.   This deferred action status does NOT confer "lawful presence" status under federal law or Tennessee state law.  Specifically, "deferred action status" does NOT satisfy the requirement of "lawful presence" under the EVEA.

Can a DACA recipient or undocumented student attend Austin Peay State University?

Yes, you are able to attend Austin Peay State University, regardless of your citizenship status, if you meet the university requirements. 

When filling out the application, what do DACA recipients or undocumented students put in place of their social security number? 

DACA recipients’ social security number is for work purposes only. Do not provide a social security number on the admissions application.  This number is not required. 

What do I put as my citizenship status on the application if I am a DACA recipient or undocumented student?  

On your application, you can select non-resident alien as your citizenship status

I have applied to APSU and received a letter requesting proof of citizenship?  What should I do?

If you are a DACA recipient, submit a copy of the approval letter.  

How much is tuition for a DACA or undocumented student? 

There are various factors that might have an effect on tuition. Use the tuition estimator for a reasonable estimate.  Both DACA and undocumented students would pay out of state tuition fees at APSU.

Are DACA recipients eligible for state aid or federal aid?

DACA recipients are not currently eligible for state aid or federal aid. This includes federal student loans.

Can a DACA recipient fill out the FAFSA?

NO.  DACA should not complete a FAFSA application. Financial information may be required for scholarship purposes but additional different documentation will be completed. 

Are DACA recipients eligible for the H.O.P.E. scholarship?

No, DACA recipients are not eligible for the TN H.O.P.E. scholarship. The HOPE scholarship is a form of state financial aid.

Can a DACA recipient work at the university as a student worker?

DACA recipients may not participate in the Work-Study program because it is considered federal aid. With the Employment Authorization Document, DACA recipients may apply for open student employment opportunities.

Can DACA recipients apply for university scholarships?

Yes, DACA recipients may apply for university scholarships.

Do DACA recipients have to pay for their classes all at once?

Austin Peay offers payment plans options to help students better manage paying for college.  You may also want to consider attending part-time.


Sometimes, scholarships come from outside sources.  Here are a few websites you can check for scholarship help:  

Here are a few search engines:


  • A creative way to gather funds for college is to start fundraising. Many students have used fundraising portfolios to find donors (friends, family, and community members) that are willing to donate money to help the student. These portfolios should consist of a cover letter, letter of admission, transcript, résumé, and letter of recommendation. 
  • Use social media sites like GreenNote to start earning money for college. This site provides students with the opportunity to set a page up about them and give possible donors the chance to support them. Set a page up for yourself and let the community know it is there!

Private loans

Your final option for funding your college career may be to take out private loans. These loans are not funded by the federal government and may have higher interest rates.

  • Discover offers student loans to students undocumented and DACAmented students as long as they have a cosigner who is a U.S. Citizen (18 years or older).

Remember to borrow responsibly!

Additional Options for Minimizing Expenses

CLEP Exam: The College Board’s College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) gives students the opportunity to receive college credit for up to 33 courses through taking an exam for subjects that you have mastered. These tests are only a fraction of the cost of a college class.

AP Credit: Students still in high school can take advantage of Advanced Placement courses. If requirements are met in these college-level courses, students receive both high school and college credit.  

Part-Time Enrollment: Enrolling at Austin Peay part-time (less than twelve credit hours [most classes are three hours]) would provide you with more time to work.

Colleges with Articulations Agreements: Some students choose to attend a community college before transferring to Austin Peay. Austin Peay has formed articulation agreements with thirteen (13) Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) community colleges.

Cutting Textbook Costs: Once tuition and other fees are paid, students still have to buy textbooks, which are usually expensive. Luckily, there are several ways to save money on textbooks using the APSU Bookstore (Ann Ross Bookstore).

  • One option students have is renting a book. This provides a student with a book while they are taking the class, and is due back to the bookstore by the end of the semester. The only negatives of renting a book are that you will not have the book for future use, and you cannot take notes in it. To rent a book you will need a state id (your driver’s license) and a credit or debit card. 
  • If you would like to keep your book after the end of the semester,  you can buy a used book. These books are usually cheaper than buy a book, and a more expensive than renting a book.
  • If you find that a company or local business (not a third-party) have the book you need at a cheaper price than the APSU (Ann Ross Bookstore) you can bring a copy of this information to the store, and they will not only match the price, but also take another ten percent off the price.

Once on campus remember the following services may also save you money

  • Academic Support Center helps you say goodbye to the days of looking for tutors on Craigslist. This center provides tutoring and writing assistance at no fee to the students.
  • Clarksville Transit System  & Peay Pickup  have a partnership which allows students to use both systems. The charge is a part of the general access fee for all students, therefore, you already have paid the price, so now ride as much as you would like!
  • F.G. Woodward Library not only provides students with the opportunity to check out books, but it also provides space to use computers, the ability to check out technology (iPads, laptops, and Kindles), and the ability to print. These services are at no extra cost to the student!
  • Foy Fitness and Recreation Center can help you stay healthy, while saving you money that you would pay for a gym membership. They offer access to their facilities (fitness center, climbing wall, pool) at no additional price to you. They also offer group fitness services at no cost. There are some services, like personal training and fitness assessments, but these fees are at a low rate. 
  • Health Services provides a number of different medical services, including office visits for injuries or illnesses, gynecology services, well-patient physical exams. As a student, you are only responsible for paying for medications, laboratory work, procedures, and medical supplies.
  • Financial aid has other tips to saving money on their website!

Helpful Resources

On Campus Resources

APSU Admissions

Phone: (931) 221-7661
Toll Free: (800) 844-APSU
Fax: (931) 221-6168


APSU Hispanic Cultural Center

Morgan University Center
Room 213
Austin Peay State University
601 College Street
Clarksville, TN 37044


APSU Office of Financial Aid
Austin Peay State University
Ellington Building, Room 216
P.O. Box 4546
Clarksville TN 37044
Phone: (931) 221-7907
Toll-Free: (877) 508-0057 Fax: (931) 221-6329