Undocumented Students (With or Without DACA)

As the current political climate surrounding immigration continues to present unique challenges for undocumented students and their families, Emory’s commitment to support students of diverse ethnic, cultural, socioeconomic, religious, national, and international backgrounds remains consistent as an inviolable component of the university’s mission.

In Fall 2017, the university publicly reaffirmed its commitment to protect and empower all students as they pursue scholarship by engaging senior leadership with DACA and undocumented students on campus. Through this engagement, the university made significant strides to expand systems of support, including the addition of emergency and non-emergency resources for DACA and Undocumented Students.

Emory University's mission of serving all students continues to be actualized through the support of administrative staff, faculty and students dedicated to the sustainment of diverse intellectual and social energy. In an effort to fulfill this mission, the Center for Student Success, Programs and Services houses several resources and programs to assist Undocumented students in addition to resources offered to all Emory Students.

DACA Renewal Grant: 

The Center for Student Success Programs and Services offers financial assistance to aid in the cost of renewing DACA applications. CSSPS Staff can assist students with procuring necessary forms and can connect students with immigration lawyers to assist in the completion of appropriate documentation. We highly recommend working with a trained litigator to ensure all documentation is completed correctly.

For more information on the CSSPS DACA Renewal Grant, please contact Adrienne Smith at adrienne.bryant@emory.edu

Immigration Litigation Referrals:

The Center for Student Success in collaboration with Emory Law School offers students referrals to immigration lawyers at Emory and in the community, who can assist with various affairs related to immigration law including DACA renewals, legal support, etc.

To learn more about Immigration Litigation Referrals, please contact Adrienne Smith at adrienne.bryant@emory.edu 

Emergency Financial Assistance:

The Center for Student Success offers Emergency Financial Assistance to students for various reasons. With regards to undocumented students, this emergency fund can be used to offset costs associated with emergency travel arrangements, food security, housing, medical emergencies, etc.

If you are experiencing a crisis and are in need of financial assistance, please contact Adrienne Smith at adrienne.bryant@emory.edu to discuss potential options and resources.

Developed by a committee of upperclassmen DACA students and reviewed by Campus Life staff and Emory Faculty, Mariposa Scholars Programs is designed to connect undocumented students to a strong network of dedicated peers and faculty.

The Mariposa Scholars Program seeks to engage the spirit and diversity of Emory University by creating space for personal growth and community building through mentorship. At the heart of this initiative is the desire to empower undocumented students with resources and opportunities that will enrich their time at Emory and prepare them to make positive change in the world.

Each year, incoming undocumented students are invited to join this vibrant program and become connected with a trained faculty mentor.

If you are interested in learning more about the Mariposa Scholars Program, please connect Krystyna Jordan at krystyna.kylah.jordan@emory.edu.

For more information on Applying to Emory College as an Undocumented Student (with or without DACA) visit the Office of Admissions Undocumented Student Page:


For more information on Financial Aid Opportunities for Undocumented Students


For more information on Career and Post Graduate Opportunities for Undocumented Students 


To learn more about University Action regarding the support of DACA and Undocumented Students


For more resources regarding Educational Opportunities for undocumented students including scholarships, fellowships, community connections, etc, visit: https://immigrantsrising.org/#

As recent immigration policy continues to a source of potential distress, the Center for Student Success remains committed to serving the needs of Emory students from all immigration statuses. This commitment includes students presently at Emory and extends to the families and loved ones of these students.

As a department dedicated to empowering students to navigate barriers, the Center for Student Success understands that familial obligations and support do not disappear when you pursue your education. In fact, they become more important than ever.

We hope that you will embrace the resources available here in the Center for Student Success and across Emory University to support you as you support others. Staff in the Center for Student Success can help assist students and families with community referrals and other resources. (Familial resources are granted on a case-by-case basis. Please contact: success@emory.edu for more information)

For more information on community resources for undocumented individuals and families please visit: