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Undocumented Student Resources – Scholarships and Funding

Scholarships and Funding

Stay Mason/Student Emergency Funding

Emergency funding is available to students who experience unexpected financial challenges, emergencies, or sudden financial hardships and meet the eligibility criteria outlined here.

Funding is not guaranteed and is not meant to provide long-term or full tuition relief. This funding is a last resort for students who need it most and should NOT be considered part of a student’s financial planning. Priority consideration will be given to students whose continued enrollment at George Mason University may be at risk because of unexpected and unforeseen events or expenses. Emergency funding is made possible through the generous support of George Mason University and donors committed to helping students as well as from the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund.

DACA Renewal Award

In the event that a student faces a financial hardship related to the renewal of their DACA paperwork, they can receive $495 to renew their application.

Applications will be available on an ongoing basis starting October 1, 2020 through June 1, 2021 and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Students must request the application by emailing the Fund Director at

First Gen Next Gen Scholarship

The First Gen Next Gen Scholarship is designed to provide temporary, short-term, financial assistance to degree-seeking first generation undergraduate and graduate students.  The scholarship has a special focus on students struggling with financial obstacles due to barriers from immigration status. This scholarship is not intended to provide ongoing relief for recurring expenses. Financial assistance from the First Gen Next Gen Scholarship does not need to be repaid.

The Dream US Scholarship

The Dream US Scholarships are for highly motivated DREAMers who want nothing more than to get a college education but are unable to afford the cost. They have no access to federal aid, limited access to state aid, and they sometimes face paying out-of-state tuition. They offer two scholarships:

  • The National Scholarship is for high school or community college graduates.
  • The Opportunity Scholarship is for students who live in targeted, locked-out states where they cannot get in-state tuition.

Your eligibility for both is based upon where you live.

Immigrants Rising

Immigrants Rising empowers undocumented young people to achieve educational and career goals through personal, institutional and policy transformation. Immigrant Rising’s List of Undergraduate Scholarships contains scholarships for undergraduate studies that don’t require proof of citizenship or legal permanent residency. This up-to-date list, organized by deadline date, contains scholarships at the local (Bay Area), state and national level.