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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy for degree-seeking students

Can a person approved with DACA enroll at Wake Tech?

Yes, a person who has been granted DACA status can attend Wake Tech. 
 


What is the admissions procedures for a DACA person to enroll?

A DACA program participant follows Wake Tech’s general admissions procedures to enroll. After the student submits an online application, the student should email a copy of his or her valid employment authorization card to [email protected] using the subject line DACA.


What happens after the admissions procedures are completed?

After the admissions procedures are completed, the next step is to meet with an academic advisor to plan for courses and register.


Is there an earlier or alternate registration date?

The registration date is based on the number of credit hours completed.


What is the tuition rate?

The tuition rate for a DACA student is set at the out-of-state rate. If you were lawfully admitted to the U.S. and have the documentation to show the lawful admission or being sponsored by your North Carolina employer, you may qualify for a tuition exception. Please contact the Registrar's Office for more information.


Is the payment plan an option?

Yes, a DACA student can sign up for a Tuition Payment Plan.


Are federal aid or scholarships available?

DACA students are not eligible for federal or state financial aid. Scholarships might be available through the Wake Tech Foundation or outside sources, such as the following:


What happens if a student’s immigration status changes?

If the student's immigration status changes, please notify the International Student Office with documentation to be informed on how to proceed.


Undocumented policy for degree-seeking students

Can an undocumented person enroll at Wake Tech?

The North Carolina legislature allows any person in the United States without lawful status who graduated from a U.S. high school, home school or private school or received an Adult High School diploma to attend Wake Tech. Unfortunately, a high school equivalency does not qualify.


What are the admissions procedures for an undocumented person to enroll?

An undocumented person follows Wake Tech’s general admissions procedures to enroll. Unfortunately, exceptions do exist, as an undocumented person is unable to enroll in a competitive entry, waitlist or first-come, first-served curriculum program.


What happens after the admissions procedures are completed?

After the admissions procedures are completed, the next step is to meet with an academic advisor to plan for courses. Before the registration date, the student must ensure his or her official high school transcript is received and that any account holds have been removed from his or her student record.


What is the course registration procedure?

The undocumented student is required to wait until after the schedule adjustment period has ended to register for courses each semester. Correspondence is sent each semester to inform the student of the registration date, as the student must register in person on the announced date. The student is manually registered in available courses and cannot participate in self-registration through Self-Service. In addition, the student is expected to pay the tuition and fees in full and begin to attend courses the same day.


Is there an earlier or alternate registration date?

Unfortunately, there is no earlier date to register. This regulation is set by the North Carolina legislature, and registration must be completed on the allowed registration date.


What is the tuition rate?

The tuition rate for an undocumented student is set at the out-of-state rate. However, if you were lawfully admitted to the U.S. and have the documentation to show the lawful admission, regardless of your current immigration status, and graduated from a public high school in North Carolina, you may qualify for a tuition exception at the in-state rate.


Is the payment plan an option?

Unfortunately, the Tuition Payment Plan is not an option for undocumented students. The deadline to sign up for the payment plan at Wake Tech occurs before the undocumented registration date each term.


Are federal aid or scholarships available?

An undocumented student is not eligible for federal or state financial aid. Scholarships might be available through the Wake Tech Foundation or outside sources, such as the following:


What happens if a student’s immigration status changes?

If the student's immigration status changes, please notify the International Student Office with documentation to be informed on how to proceed.