Undocumented Students FAQ

Yes, UC Merced welcomes applications from undocumented students.

Undocumented students should apply as domestic applicants. There is an option under “Citizenship Status” to select “Unclassified.”

Fee waivers are available for any domestic applicant who meets the eligibility criteria.

Yes, with an approved AB540 application, which is available online.

Typically, our undocumented students are funded similarly to any other graduate student.  Most Ph.D. students are awarded Teaching Assistantships and/or Graduate Student Researcher positions. You may need to request consideration for DACA status in order to obtain work authorization.

There are also fellowship opportunities available for undocumented students; visit our Internal Fellowships page for more information.  The fellowships are coded with a "1" after the title if they are open to AB540 students.

The Rose R. Ruiz fellowship is a particularly good opportunity to explore, as undocumented students are given priority for the award.

Calvin E. Bright Success Center:

Alejandro S. Delgadillo, Associate Director, Undocumented Students & Special Populations
Phone: 209-228-4625

Diana Valdivia, Undocumented Student Advisor
Phone: 209-600-5316


Graduate Division:

Iqbal Atwal, Graduate Recruitment, Retention, and Outreach Manager
Phone: 209-228-4140

Eric Cannon, Graduate Student Support Manager
Phone: 209-228-4405



Contact Us

Graduate Admissions:
Phone: (209) 228-4723
Graduate Funding:
Phone: (209) 228-4622
General Inquiries:
Phone: (209) 228-4723
Fax: (209) 228-6906
Mailing Address:
University of California, Merced
ATTN: Graduate Division
5200 N. Lake Road, SSB 310
Merced, CA 95343
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