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Undocumented Students

Resources for Undocumented Students

The state of Minnesota passed the Prosperity Act as a provision of the 2013 omnibus Higher Education bill, which authorized in-state tuition rates and private scholarship aid at public institutions for Minnesota high school graduates meeting certain criteria. The Prosperity Act, which is referred to publicly as the Minnesota Dream Act, became Minnesota law in July 2013. The Act will serve students immediately, making undergraduate and graduate students eligible for in-state tuition rates as of July 1, 2013. Under the Minnesota Dream Act, eligible students may also be considered for state financial aid.


Morris offers in-state tuition to all students regardless of citizenship or state of residence.

State Grants

Undocumented students are eligible to apply for a MN State Grant and other state financial aid programs if they were granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) prior to establishing state residency or if they meet all the requirements for the MN Dream Act.

Student Loans

Federal student loans, such as the Federal Direct Subsidized or Unsubsidized Loans are not available to undocumented students. The Minnesota Office of Higher Education offers a loan program called the SELF Loan Program, which is available to citizens and non-citizens. There are Alternative Loan Programs that undocumented students can research for loan options. With the SELF or Alternative Loan Programs, you must have a credit-worthy cosigner who is a U.S. citizen.