Admissions and Financial Aid for DREAMers


No federal law prohibits colleges and universities from offering admission to Dreamers, and Dreamers are able to apply regularly through the Marquette application or the Common Application. For application and financial aid instructions for undocumented students, please visit the Marquette undergraduate admissions page.

Institutional Assistance

Although Dreamers are not eligible for federal financial aid, they are eligible for Marquette grants and scholarships. All incoming students who are not eligible for federal financial aid are automatically considered for the Ignacio Ellacuria, S.J. Dreamers Scholarship

Emergency Grant Aid and information about additional campus resources for food, books, etc. can be found here.

Current Marquette students who are experiencing financial barriers to applying for or renewing their DACA permits should reach out to Jacki Black at to be connected to possible resources. 

Private Scholarships

Some national scholarships specifically for Dreamers include:

  • The DREAMer Next Door Scholarship, which is stewarded by a Marquette alumna, Isioma Nwabuzor.
  • A new national scholarship for Dreamers is the Golden Doors Scholarship. While Marquette is not a "partner" school, this organization considers eligible students on a case-by-case basis.  

Students from local communities may also be eligible for:

Additional lists of private scholarships that don't require proof of legal residency can also be found at the following sites:

Marquette has also collated this list of private scholarships that all students can explore.