The Dream.US Scholarship

Scholarship Opportunity for Undocumented Students

DREAMers! You may be eligible to apply for a scholarship from TheDream.US.

Rutgers University-Newark is pleased to announce an important partnership with The Dream.US, a scholarship fund for DREAMers across the nation. Scholarships of up to $25,000 for two or four-year degrees are awarded to help cover tuition, fees, books, supplies and transportation expenses for students who would otherwise be unable to attend college.

DREAMers may apply for a scholarship to be used at Rutgers University-Newark beginning in Fall 2016 or Spring 2017.  Potential applicants must have DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) or TPS (Temporary Protected Status) approval and meet other academic and financial qualifications.

If you are a DREAMer, who without financial aid, might not be able to afford a college education, we strongly encourage you to apply. We also ask that you please help us spread the word about this incredible opportunity.

For more information and application deadlines, click here to go to TheDream.US Scholar Page.

Application Deadline: 2017-2018 The National Scholarship round open on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 and closes Wednesday, March 2017.


TheDream.US Scholarship Program awards scholarships to DREAMers who have DACA or TPS status and who have demonstrated significant unmet financial need and the determination to succeed in college and in life.

  • Significant Financial Need

Our scholarships are for students who do not have the resources to finance their education without substantial financial support.  We expect our Scholars to apply for all other forms of financial aid for which they may be eligible.

  • Academic Promise

While we consider grades and test scores, we are looking for college–ready students who have demonstrated a commitment to learning and have clear education and career goals and a plan to achieve them.  Applicants should be able to clearly communicate their goals, how they will achieve them, and how achieving their goals will impact their lives and the lives of others.

  • Determination to Succeed

Our Scholars have demonstrated significant determination and perseverance in the face of significant challenges, and have managed to set and remain focused on goals and to put in the effort needed to meet those goals in the face of obstacles.  Our Scholars are able to clearly articulate what they have learned in overcoming adversity and how they will use that learning to help themselves and others.

  • The Award

The Scholarship is intended to cover a significant portion of your tuition and fees up to a maximum of $12,500 for an associate’s degree and $25,000 for a bachelor’s degree.

The amount of each award will be based on the current tuition and fees charged by the Partner College and your financial need after the application of any available federal, state, or institutional aid or outside grants or scholarships. 


Rutgers University- Newark Academic Partnerships:

Ms. Ingrid Renderos, Director of Academic Partnerships







Office of Undergraduate and Graduate Admissions
190 University Avenue
Engelhard Hall, Room 101
Newark, NJ 07102-1896






Office of Financial Aid
Blumenthal Hall
249 University Avenue
Newark, NJ 07102-1896
Office hours:
8:30am - 4:30pm Mon, Tue, Thu & Fri
10:00am - 6:00pm Wed (Fall & Spring)







TheDream.US Contact Information:

  • Email: and reference TheDream.US Scholarship Program
  • Telephone: 1-(855) 670-ISTS (4787) and ask for the TheDream.US Scholarship Program
  • Or visit for frequently asked questions and the answers.


Resources for Undocumented Students:

Scholarship Information:

What is a Scholarship?

A scholarship is an award of financial aid for a student to further education. Scholarships are awarded on various criteria usually reflecting the values and purposes of the donor or founder of the award.

The most common types of scholarships can be classified as:

  • Merit-based: These awards are based on a student's athletic, academic, artistic or other abilities, and often factor in an applicant's community service record and extracurricular activities.
  • Need-based: These awards are based on the student and family's financial record and will require applicants to fill out a FAFSA to qualify if the scholarship is a federal award.
  • Student-specific: These are scholarships where applicants must initially qualify by race, gender, religion, family and medical history, or many other student-specific factors.
  • Career-specific: These are scholarships awarded by a college or university to students planning to pursue a specific field of study.

Please visit the following websites for information on services and resources for undocumented students and families.