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: http://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/consideration-deferred-action-childhood-arrivals-daca
What is APSU's policy on DACA recipients?
Visit the APSU admissions page to read about the Tennessee Eligiblity Verification for Entitlements Act: http://www.apsu.edu/admissions/tennessee-eligibility-verification-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 in the state of Tennessee. This includes federal student loans.
Can a DACA recipient fill out the FAFSA?
DACA recipients can fill out the FAFSA application manually, but they are not eligible for federal student aid or state financial aid in the state of Tennessee. Filling out the FAFSA may be a requirement for other non-federal or non-state scholarships in order to determine your expected family contribution (EFC). When filling out the FAFSA, DACA recipients should not use an expired visa number and not use the social security number issued to them because they are a recipient of DACA.
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:
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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.
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).
Once on campus remember the following services may also save you money
On Campus Resources
Phone: (931) 221-7661
Toll Free: (800) 844-APSU
Fax: (931) 221-6168
APSU Hispanic Cultural Center
Morgan University Center
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