Yes, UC Merced welcomes applications from undocumented students.
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.
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.
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:
Yes, we have a Services for Undocumented Students office that serves the entire campus population of 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.