Educational Resources for New Arrivals & DACA Students

Welcome to the U.S. Department of Education's page dedicated to providing information and resources for students who are newly arrived in the United States or who have received, or are planning to request, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)!

K-12 Students

Young people in this country – regardless of wealth, home language, zip code, gender, race or disability – should have the chance to learn and achieve. Education must provide a path to a striving middle class for all who are willing to work hard.

More on K-12 Educational Resources

  • Plyler v. Doe – This joint guidance letter from the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice describes the obligations of states and school districts under Federal law to provide all children – regardless of immigration status – with equal access to public education at the elementary and secondary level.

    Letter also available in Spanish. [PDF]
    Guidance available in Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Korean, Tagalog, and Vietnamese. [PDF]

    Plyler v Doe Fact Sheet containing information on the rights of all children to enroll in school. [PDF] Also available in Spanish.
    Question and Answer Document for states, school districts and parents. [PDF] Also available in Spanish.

  • New Immigrant Guide– This resource guide from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services provides basic information for new immigrants, including information about education, childcare, and schools. The guide is available in 14 languages.

  • English Language Learner Resources – This website contains resources for English language learners. Federal laws prohibit denial of equal access to education because of a student's limited proficiency in English. States and school districts must provide English learner students with language assistance services so that they can meaningfully participate in educational programs. Additionally, states and school districts must ensure that they effectively communicate to limited English proficient parents and caretakers the information that is provided to English speaking parents.

    Information on equal access to a high-quality education is also available in Spanish.

  • National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition (NCELA) – This website provides an overview of NCELA, including federal grants, data and demographics, professional development, promising practices, and more for English language learners.

Higher Education Students

Today, three-quarters of the fastest-growing occupations require education and training beyond a high school diploma.

More on Higher Education Resources

  • Funding Your Education [PDF, 1.4MB] – This guide to Federal Student Aid covers preparing to pay for college, applying for aid, and repaying a loan.

  • Qualifying for Student Aid – Many non-U.S. citizens qualify for federal student aid. Access this website to learn more about the eligibility criteria for that aid.

  • Questions and Answers about Financial Aid and Undocumented Students [PDF, 326KB] – This questions and answers (Q&As) document provides information about student financial aid for undocumented students as well as guidance for a specific subgroup of undocumented students who have received Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The Q&As include general information, information about eligibility for financial aid, and information about completing the FAFSA.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Students

On June 15, 2012, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that certain people who came to the United States as children and meet several key guidelines, including educational guidelines, may request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal. Students who are granted deferred action would then be eligible for work authorization. Deferred action does not provide an individual with lawful status, but instead is a discretionary determination to defer removal action of an individual as an act of prosecutorial discretion.

More on DACA Educational Resources

  • General information about DACA – This DHS website provides an overview of DACA, along with guidelines, requirements and restrictions, and information about renewal.

  • Frequently Asked Questions about DACA – This DHS website answers the most common questions about DACA, including information about education requirements, evidence, decisions, and renewals.

    Frequently Asked Questions are also available in Spanish, Korean [PDF, 279KB], and Tagalog [PDF, 135KB].

  • Letter for Educators [PDF, 118KB] – Educators can play an important role in sharing information about DACA with students and families. This letter provides information and resources to help educators understand DACA and offer support to undocumented students who choose to request consideration for DACA or renewal of DACA.

  • Questions and Answers about Education Records [PDF, 266KB] – Education records are kept by schools about students who are or were enrolled in the school. Education records can be used when students apply for college or entry into other types of education programs such as career training programs, as well as when students request DACA. This Question and Answer document provides answers to frequently asked questions about education records, including types of records, what they contain, how to locate them, and how to request them.

  • DACA students' right to work [PDF, 57KB] – This guidance document from the U.S. Department of Justice provides basic information regarding DACA students' right to work, answers to frequently asked questions, and contact information. The document is also available in Spanish [PDF, 98KB].

  • DACA Toolkit: Resources for Community Partners – This toolkit is designed to help students, families, and community advocates understand and navigate the DACA process.

  • Avoid Scams – This DHS website provides important information about avoiding immigration scams and unauthorized practitioners of immigration

Adult Students

Adults should be able to acquire the basic skills necessary to function in today's society so that they can obtain work or pursue further schooling and support their families.

More on Adult Student Educational Resources

  • Adult Education and CTE programs: Adult education classes can help students improve literacy, mathematics, or English language skills, and prepare for work or enrollment in postsecondary or career and technical education programs. Students considering requesting DACA may be able to establish that they are "currently in school" under the DACA guidelines by, among other things, providing evidence that they are enrolled in an education, literacy, or career training program that is publicly funded, administered by a non-profit organization, or is of demonstrated effectiveness. For programs that are publicly funded, this lookup tool will help students identify local adult education programs (including education and literacy programs) that receive public funding from the federal government.

Migrant Students

Migratory workers in the U.S. include those who move within states, between states, and between countries. Therefore, some, but not all migratory workers may be immigrants.

The Office of Migrant Education (OME) aims to provide excellent leadership, technical assistance, and financial support to improve the educational opportunities and academic success of migrant children, youth, agricultural workers, fishers, and their families. Some immigrant students may be eligible to participate in OME's programs, provided they meet the program requirements and fit the definition of migratory children.

More on Migrant Student Educational Resources

  • Migrant Education Program (MEP) – This website provides an overview of MEP, a program designed to ensure all migrant students reach challenging academic standards and graduate with a high school diploma (or complete a GED) that prepares them for responsible citizenship, further learning, and productive employment. MEP funds support high quality education programs for migratory children and ensure migratory children who move between states are not penalized for disparities in curriculum, graduation requirements, academic achievement standards, or academic content.

  • High School Equivalency Program (HEP) – This website provides an overview of HEP, a program designed to help migrant and seasonal farm workers and members of their immediate families to obtain the equivalent of a high school diploma and to gain employment or begin postsecondary education or training.

  • College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) – This website provides an overview of CAMP, a program designed to assist migrant and seasonal farm workers and members of their immediate families to complete their first academic year of college and to continue in postsecondary education.

  • Migrant Students Records Exchange Initiative (MSIX) – This website describes MSIX, the technology that allows states to share health and educational information on migrant children. It includes background, objectives, contact information, and resources.

Hispanic Students

Hispanics are the largest and fastest‐growing minority group, and will represent 60 percent of our nation's population growth between 2005 and 2050.

More on Hispanic Student Educational Resources

Asian American and Pacific Islander Students

The Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) population is growing rapidly in the United States, and one in 10 of the 11 million undocumented individuals living in the U.S. is Asian or Pacific Islander.

More on AAPI Educational Resources

Additional Information and Resources
  • Office for Civil Rights – This website includes an overview of the Office for Civil Rights, which enforces several Federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin (including lack of English proficiency), disability, sex and age, in programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance from the Department of Education.

    Also available in Spanish and other languages.

  • President Obama’s proposal on our immigration system – The president has called for changing the existing immigration system. This includes his proposals for border security, increased use of E-verify, increasing permanent residencies, and the effect of immigration on the economy.

Notice of Language Assistance

If you have difficulty understanding English, you may, free of charge, request language assistance services for this Department information by calling 1-800-USA-LEARN (1-800-872-5327) (TTY: 1-800-877-8339), or email us at: Ed.Language.Assistance@ed.gov.

Aviso a personas con dominio limitado del idioma inglés: Si usted tiene alguna dificultad en entender el idioma inglés, puede, sin costo alguno, solicitar asistencia lingüística con respecto a esta información llamando al 1-800-USA-LEARN (1-800-872-5327) (TTY: 1-800-877-8339), o envíe un mensaje de correo electrónico a: Ed.Language.Assistance@ed.gov.

給英語能力有限人士的通知: 如果您不懂英語, 或者使用英语有困难,您可以要求獲得向大眾提供的語言協助服務,幫助您理解教育部資訊。這些語言協助服務均可免費提供。如果您需要有關口譯或筆譯服務的詳細資訊,請致電 1-800-USA-LEARN (1-800-872-5327) (聽語障人士專線:1-800-877-8339),或電郵: Ed.Language.Assistance@ed.gov

Thông báo dành cho những người có khả năng Anh ngữ hạn chế: Nếu quý vị gặp khó khăn trong việc hiểu Anh ngữ thì quý vị có thể yêu cầu các dịch vụ hỗ trợ ngôn ngữ cho các tin tức của Bộ dành cho công chúng. Các dịch vụ hỗ trợ ngôn ngữ này đều miễn phí. Nếu quý vị muốn biết thêm chi tiết về các dịch vụ phiên dịch hay thông dịch, xin vui lòng gọi số 1-800-USA-LEARN (1-800-872-5327) (TTY: 1-800-877-8339), hoặc email: Ed.Language.Assistance@ed.gov.

영어 미숙자를 위한 공고: 영어를 이해하는 데 어려움이 있으신 경우, 교육부 정보 센터에 일반인 대상 언어 지원 서비스를 요청하실 수 있습니다. 이러한 언어 지원 서비스는 무료로 제공됩니다. 통역이나 번역 서비스에 대해 자세한 정보가 필요하신 경우, 전화번호 1-800-USA-LEARN (1-800-872-5327) 또는 청각 장애인용 전화번호1-800-877-8339 또는 이메일주소 Ed.Language.Assistance@ed.gov 으로 연락하시기 바랍니다.

Paunawa sa mga Taong Limitado ang Kaalaman sa English: Kung nahihirapan kayong makaintindi ng English, maaari kayong humingi ng tulong ukol dito sa inpormasyon ng Kagawaran mula sa nagbibigay ng serbisyo na pagtulong kaugnay ng wika. Ang serbisyo na pagtulong kaugnay ng wika ay libre. Kung kailangan ninyo ng dagdag na impormasyon tungkol sa mga serbisyo kaugnay ng pagpapaliwanag o pagsasalin, mangyari lamang tumawag sa 1-800-USA-LEARN (1-800-872-5327) (TTY: 1-800-877-8339), o mag-email sa: Ed.Language.Assistance@ed.gov.

Уведомление для лиц с ограниченным знанием английского языка: Если вы испытываете трудности в понимании английского языка, вы можете попросить, чтобы вам предоставили перевод информации, которую Министерство Образования доводит до всеобщего сведения. Этот перевод предоставляется бесплатно. Если вы хотите получить более подробную информацию об услугах устного и письменного перевода, звоните по телефону 1-800-USA-LEARN (1-800-872-5327) (служба для слабослышащих: 1-800-877-8339), или отправьте сообщение по адресу: Ed.Language.Assistance@ed.gov.

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Last Modified: 11/05/2014