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This recording of the 1-hr. September 29th, 2020 Dreamer Workshop “Grad School for Undocumented Scholars” covers the following topics:
When thinking about whether to attend graduate school, it can help to keep the following pro’s and con’s in mind:
Also check out this informative blog entry: “A Guide for Potential Grad Students: Should You Go to Graduate School?”
Financial assistance is often more limited for graduate school compared to undergaduate college. However, funding for undocumented stduents does exist!
1. Funding directly from the school or department
When you apply for a gradute program, make sure to check directly with the program’s academic advisor or Financial Aid office; they will be your best resource for funding!
2. Teaching or Reasearch Assistantships (RA/TA)
With work authorization, the university might hire you to teach undergaduate courses, work in labs, or assist professors in research in exhcange for funding or reduced/free tuition.
3. Fellowships & Grants
This searchable database from the University of California-Los Angeles lists more than 650 fellowship & grant opportunities that are available to graduate students across the U.S. Some fellowships require that you work towards specific academic goals, some do not.
Some fellowships include:
Additional scholarships for undocumented graduate students can also be accessed here.
4. Student loans
Graduate students (especially for professional degrees such as medical or law school) may find that loans are sometimes the only option; when taking out a student loan, make sure to:
As always, build a network of other undocumented graduate students to learn about funding options!
The images below from the UndocuGrads Workshop (www.mydocumentedlife.org) show how financial assistance for graduate school is typically a combination of different funding types:
These guides & websites provide key information by and for undocumented students thinking about graduate school.
1. My Undocumented Life: UndocuGrads Workshop
Many videos, workshops, and resources for undocumented students preparing for graduate school
2. Resources for Undocumented Graduate Students
Also from My Undocumented Life, this guide gives key information & resources to help you navigate the graduate school application process and experience while undocumented
3. Navigating Graduate School Resource Guide for Undocumented-Students (2018)
A very extensive and detailed guide from Santa Clara University’s School of Law (Cook & Gaylord, 2018)
4. Pre-Health Dreamers (2020)
A wide variety of videos, resources, peer mentorshop programs, and more for undocumented medical and pre-medical students
5. Immigrants Rising: Life After College
A comprehensive guide on career and educational pathways for undocumented college graduates
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