The DREAM Educational Empowerment Program (DEEP) is a catalyst for educational justice and empowerment for immigrant students. DEEP seeks to lay the groundwork that advances the educational justice movement in the U.S. by focusing resources and research on the needs and realities of immigrant students in order to increase educational attainment rates.

Follow your DREAMS by going to college! 

Just because you are undocumented doesn't mean you can't follow your DREAMS! Many undocumented students go on to college and learn the skills needed to make real change for their communities. If you would like to read more about Federal and State law regarding undocumented student's rights to attend college, read our brief summary here!  

Since 2001, 18 States have taken action to help undocumented students go to college. Want to learn more about how you can follow your DREAMS? Read this overview here! 

Want to go to college or know someone who does? Read about how you can advise a DREAMER to gain college admission here!

United We Dreamis the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation. Our powerful nonpartisan network is made up of over 100,000 immigrant youth and allies and 55 affiliate organizations in 26 states. We organize and advocate for the dignity and fair treatment of immigrant youth and families, regardless of immigration status.

An individual may request consideration for DACA if he/she:

  • Was under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012;

  • Came to the United States before reaching his/her 16th birthday;

  • Has continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present time; 

  • Was physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making his/her request for consideration of deferred action with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS);

  • Had no lawful status on June 15, 2012; 

  • Is currently in school, has graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, has obtained a State-recognized high school equivalency certificate, or is an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States; 

  • ​Has not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, or three or more other misdemeanors, and does not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety. 

Resources for Dreamers

The 2016 Undocu College Guide & Equity Tool serves as the inaugural report and publication specifically developed to inform, leaders and institutions, on how to improve: access, inclusion, equity, and success... of undocumented students in higher education.  The Tool serves as a platform that will holistically engage institutions across the sectors of higher education from Community Colleges, State Universities, Research Universities, and Private Universities.