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  I. What Is DACA? 
 II. Indiana University's Commitment 
III. DACA Admissions 
IV. Hiring an Attorney 
 V. Your Rights 

What Is DACA?

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a program created in 2012 that makes use of discretion to defer removal action against an individual for a certain period of time. If you meet the guidelines, you may request deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal.


Indiana University's Commitment

As a public institution bound by federal and state laws, Indiana University is able to, and will, take several steps to support all students, regardless of immigration status: We respect the privacy of all students equally, in their studies, work, and personal lives, and therefore will only inquire into, record, use, or communicate a person’s immigration status when required by law or when necessary to protect a person’s safety; in particular, we protect the privacy of all student records as required by the Federal Educational Records Protection Act (FERPA).

We provide counseling and support to students on immigration-related concerns through the Office of International Student Services. The office can also provide referrals to attorneys on immigration-related legal issues, including attorneys who work for reduced or no fee. Please contact Connie Peterson-Miller: 574-520-4839/email; or Cynthia Murphy: 574-520-4361/email.

We will counsel students about and connect students to available resources for educational and living expenses for which they are legally eligible through the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships. Please contact IU South Bend Scholarships Counselor, Teresa Berger, at 574-520-4483 or email.

We vigorously investigate and prosecute anyone who threatens, intimidates, or harasses any member of our community, and make special efforts to protect those who are targeted or at risk for physical harm, threats or intimidation. You may report a concern directly to Marty McCampbell, Director of Diversity and Affirmative Action: 574-520-4524/email. Of course, call 911 if you face an immediate threat.

In addition, IU President Michael McRobbie signed a letter in conjunction with many other university presidents and chancellors stating our support of continuing and expanding the DACA program.


Admission to IUSB for DACA Students

  • Frequently Asked Questions
    • I am a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) student, can I apply to IUSB for admission?
      • Yes, we welcome applicants to IU South Bend, regardless of immigration status. Those who have completed at least three years of high school in the U.S. and evaluated according to the same criteria by which we evaluate domestic students.
    • Do DACA students qualify for in-state tuition at IUSB?
    • DACA beneficiaries may be considered for in-state tuition by submitting copies of their I-767 approval receipts and a copy of the current EAD card. For more information about how to be considered for in-state tuition, please email the Admissions office.
    • Are DACA students eligible to receive financial aid from IUSB?
      • At present DACA beneficiaries and those currently without immigration status are not eligible for federal, state, or institutional aid. However, DACA students may be eligible for private scholarship funds. The Offices of Financial Aid and Scholarships, Making the Academic Connection, and Admissions can discuss these resources with you.
    • As a DACA student, should I complete the admissions application for International students?
      • Applicants who are DACA beneficiaries and those without status who have completed at least three years of high school in the U.S. should apply through the Office of Admissions with the same application that domestic students use.
    • Are there other DACA or undocumented students enrolled at IUSB?
      • Yes. The Offices of Making the Academic Connection and International Student Services support DACA beneficiaries and those without immigration status with advisement and resources. IU South Bend also supports several student organizations that allow students to showcase their cultures, experiences, perspetives and talents.
  • How to Apply
    • Here are some important things you should be aware of as a DACA student applying to IU South Bend:
      • You may apply online or with a paper application through the Office of Admissions.
      • All students are requested to indicate country of citizenship.
        • If you are a DACA beneficiary or do not currently hold an immigration status, do not select United States as country of citizenship.
        • DACA beneficiaries should select Def-Action Childhood Arrivals
        • If you have no current immigration status, select Other (not O visa!)
    • If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us. Cynthia Murphy is our primary counselor for DACA beneficiaries and for those without immigration status: Email Cynthia. Connie Peterson-Miller at the Office of International Student Services can assist you if you have questions about adjusting your status or are seeking a reinstatement to F-1 status: Email Connie.

Hiring an Attorney

You may wish to hire a legal professional to review your case. You should choose one that is a member of the American Immigration Lawyer's Association (AILA). It is the only legal association for immigration attorneys in the United States.

We have identified several members of AILA who are willing to work either for free or reduced prices for DACA students.

Find an attorney

There are many important things to consider when you're looking for an attorney to hire. We created a resource to help you navigate the process.

Selecting an immigration attorney


Know Your Rights

The American Civil Liberties Union provides an excellent resource that outlines your legal rights should you be questioned about your immigration status while inside the U.S. Be aware that there are a separate set of rules for making a response if you are questioned at an airport or international border.