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DACA and Undocumented Students

Equity and inclusion are central to Simon’s Rock’s mission and values, and we welcome all students, regardless of citizenship status or national origin to apply to the College.

This includes students who are undocumented, and students who hold DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) status. Bard College at Simon’s Rock will not release information about students and employees regarding citizenship or immigration status unless required by law. We provide free legal consultation to students who are concerned about whether they can visit their countries of origin or who are concerned about their status when traveling internationally.

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Admission

The admission application process for DACA or undocumented students is the same as any student living in the United States. It is confidential and holistic, and we encourage students to use their application as an opportunity to share their lived experience with the admission committee.

Application Instructions

In addition to our How To Apply guidelines, we have some additional tips on how to fill out information that may be sensitive to DACA and undocumented students.

Citizenship and DACA

When asked about citizenship, enter whatever you feel comfortable with. We recommend that applicants who currently hold DACA Status (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) select Other. 

  • If you are applying with the Simon's Rock Application, select “Other”
  • If you are applying with the Common Application, select “Other (Non-US)”.
    Then for “Do you currently hold a valid U.S. Visa?”, answer “No”

Social Security Number

If you do not have a Social Security Number (SSN), you do not need to enter anything in the Social Security Number field (it is not required). This field refers to U.S. citizens only.

For more information, please refer to How to Apply. If you have any further questions about applying, please contact Kirin Liquori Terni at kterni@simons-rock.edu or 413-528-7385.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

DACA or undocumented students may apply for institutional financial aid using the College Board PROFILE. In your PROFILE application, include the Simon’s Rock code number: 3795. Because students who are undocumented or hold DACA status are not eligible for state or federal funding, all financial aid given will come from Bard College at Simon’s Rock funding. All first-year applicants are automatically considered for merit scholarship awards; there is no separate application.

 

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