DACA/Undocumented Student Resources

The following resources and information are for Pillar College students who are
undocumented and/or eligible for DACA.


This page is maintained to provide information and resources about U.S. immigration and DACA to the university community. Use the links below to find updates on national developments; information about college actions and policies; and resources for students, employees, and scholars. If you are having difficulty accessing the information on this page for any reason, please reach out to the college’s primary point-of-contact for immigration-related matters:

  Elena Marin, Admissions
EMarin@pillar.edu , 973.803.5000 ext. 1103


Governor Phil Murphy recently signed legislation granting eligible undocumented students access to NJ State Financial Aid. This bill expands upon the New Jersey Tuition Equality Act, also referred to as the “New Jersey Dream Act” to provide NJ Grants and Scholarships to make college more affordable.  Student who qualify can receive funding beginning in the 2018-2019 academic school year.
Eligibility Requirements for DREAMers:
New Jersey residents who are undocumented under U.S. immigration law or who have been approved under DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services may qualify for in-state tuition under P.L. 2013, c. 170 (NJ Senate Bill 2479), the New Jersey Tuition Equality Act, also referred to as the “New Jersey Dream Act.” Under this law, undocumented students are exempt from paying out-of-state tuition if they meet all of the following criteria:
·         Attended a New Jersey high school for three or more years;
·         Graduated from a New Jersey high school or received the equivalent of a high school diploma in New Jersey;
·         Be entering student or currently enrolled in an accredited New Jersey college or University;
·         In the case of a person without lawful immigration status, file an In-state-tuition-affidavit with the institution of higher education stating that states the student has filed an application to legalize the student’s immigration status or will file an application as soon as the student is eligible to do so.
·         To receive state aid, you must be enrolled full-time at a four-year institution or at least half time at a two-year institution.
·         If you are a male, age 18-25, you are required to be registered for Selective Service. If you are not registered, complete the Selective Service Registration Form. You may download the form online or obtain one at the local post office and mail it. For more information on Selective Service for Immigrants and Dual Nationals, please visit https://www.sss.gov/Registration/Immigrants-and-Dual-Nationals.
On December 20, 2013, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed into law Senate Bill 2479 referred to as the New Jersey Dream Act.
The Law, now in effect, allows undocumented students who meet certain criteria to qualify for the in-state tuition rates at all of New Jersey’s public institutions of higher education.
If you would like to apply for in-state tuition under the Dream Act, please print and complete the In-state-tuition-affidavit.
Completed forms should be mailed to:  PILLAR COLLEGE . 60 PARK PLACE. NEWARK, NJ, 07103

Additional Scholarships in the state of New Jersey