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Can undocumented students apply for admission to UC Merced?

Yes, UC Merced welcomes applications from undocumented students.

I am an undocumented students, how should I answer the citizenship question on the application?

In the section for Citizenship,  your citizenship would be applicable to your birth country. After you select the country, you will see a visa question appear.  If you are eligible for AB540 status or DACA status, you can leave blank the visa question blank. However on the following application page, “Additional Background”, you will also need to fill out the section under Additional Status Information. Here there is a question regarding eligibility as a AB540 or DACA.

Are application fee waivers available to undocumented students?

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

Can undocumented students receive in-state tuition rates?

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

What funding options are available for undocumented students?

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.

The Rose R. Ruiz fellowship is a particularly good opportunity to explore, as AB540 students are given priority for the award. Here is a link of different funding resources for students who qualify for D.A.C.A. or AB 540:

Are there any services on campus to help undocumented students navigate resources in and around campus?

Yes, we have a Services for Undocumented Students office that serves the entire campus population of undocumented students.

Are there any additional resources at the UC systemwide level for undocumented students?

Undocumented students of all ethnicities and nationalities can find a safe environment and supportive community at the University of California.  Please find more information by following this link.