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 $14,500 are given to Community College Transfer applicants and up to $29,000 for High School graduate applicants are awarded to help cover tuition, fees, books, supplies, and transportation expenses for students who would otherwise be unable to attend college. 

If you are graduating from an accredited community college at the end of the 2019-2020 academic year, you should apply for TheDream.US scholarship to attend Rutgers University-Newark and complete your undergraduate degree.

DREAMers may apply for a scholarship to be used at Rutgers University-Newark beginning in Fall 2020, or Spring 2021.  Potential applicants should be either DACA eligible, have DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) or TPS (Temporary Protected Status) approved 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, click here to go to TheDream.US Scholar Page.

TheDream.US Scholarship program awards scholarships to DREAMers who have TPS status, who have DACA or are DACA eligible, and who have demonstrated significant unmet financial need and the determination to succeed in college and in life. Students who arrived before November 2014 also are eligible.

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

At Rutgers University-Newark, the Scholarship is intended to cover a significant portion of your tuition and fees up to a maximum of $14,500 for Community College Transfer students and up to $29,000 for High School graduate applicants focused on graduating with their 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:


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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.


Rutgers University-Newark RUN to the TOP Program (

Rutgers University-Newark HLLC Program

Rutgers University Merit Scholarship Opportunities

NJ Dream Act-Application and Affidavit for Nonresident Tuition Exemption for Eligible New Jersey High School Graduates ( The form is available in both English and Spanish.

English Form:

Spanish Form:

Grants and Scholarship Opportunities NJ Alternative Financial Aid Application

Dreamer’s Roadmap App

Braven - The Braven Accelerator empowers promising young people on their path to college graduation and strong first jobs. To do so, Braven partners with educational institutions, volunteer professionals, and employers to offer a rigorous and relevant career readiness course, followed by robust campus-based alumni programming.

United We Dream - is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation. Our powerful nonpartisan network is made up of over 100,000 immigrant youth and allies and 55 affiliate organizations in 26 states. We organize and advocate for the dignity and fair treatment of immigrant youth and families, regardless of immigration status.

Latin American Educational Foundation - LAEF is committed to providing Latin American students sufficient funding to our scholarship recipients to mitigate financial barriers during their quest for a college education; offer on-going support, both financial and otherwise, to our recipients throughout their college experience; and create awareness about educational opportunities for Hispanic students.

MALDEF - Founded in 1968, MALDEF is the nation’s leading Latino legal civil rights organization. Often described as the “law firm of the Latino community”, MALDEF promotes social change through advocacy, communications, community education, and litigation in the areas of education, employment, immigrant rights, and political access.

Act on a Dream at Harvard (Documenting the Pathway to College) - This PDF handbook is intended for undocumented high school students who are thinking about applying to universities in the United States, however, all students, parents, and guidance counselors should find this information helpful and educative. We hope that the resources and information in the handbook can ease the lives of undocumented high school students pursuing higher education.

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