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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 AB540 students are given priority for the award.

Calvin E. Bright Success Center:

Alejandro S. Delgadillo, Associate Director, Educational Equity and Access
Phone: 209-228-4625

Ariana Mora Mero, Coordinator, Services for Undocumented Students
Phone: 209-600-5316

Graduate Division:

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