Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
We encourage you to continue your education here. DMACC provides a friendly and supportive environment for you and your family. Our locations and classes are convenient. We offer free tutoring, and tuition is the most affordable of any college or university in Iowa. What’s more, we’ll help you through the process from admissions to financial aid to course selection. Learn how you can achieve your academic and career dreams at DMACC today. Start by getting answers to questions most often asked by DACA students.
Frequently Asked Questions
DMACC offers 200+ programs that lead to degrees, diplomas and certificates as well as pathways that smooth transfer to Iowa’s Regents universities and other four-year colleges. Check out your options here.
Yes, absolutely! We welcome all students, regardless of immigration status.
Even though you as a DACA student are not eligible for federal student aid, you should still complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Colleges, including DMACC, often use information collected on the FAFSA to determine whether you are eligible for institutional aid such as scholarships. If you have a Social Security number, you may complete the FAFSA, and we encourage you to do so at fafsa.gov.
Your parents’ citizenship status does not affect your eligibility for federal student aid. In fact, the FAFSA doesn’t even ask about your parents’ status. For more information, visit the U.S. Department of Education.
No. Undocumented students, including DACA students and Dreamers, are not eligible for federal student aid. However, you may be eligible for DMACC scholarships (see Scholarships section below)
The FACTS (Nelnet Business Solutions) automatic payment plan allows you to make payments on a monthly basis if you owe $200 or more. A $25 nonrefundable fee is assessed by Nelnet at the time of your application and is automatically deducted from your checking or savings account or charged to your credit card (MC, VISA or Discover). Down payments are also immediately deducted at the time of enrollment. Monthly payments are automatically deducted on the 5th of each month. See the directions for setting up a payment plan. To make changes to a payment plan or to update the account information used for automatic withdrawals please contact Nelnet Business Solutions at 1-800-609-8056.
To learn more, contact Student Accounts at (515) 964-6446 or firstname.lastname@example.org
DMACC helps students in meeting their financial obligation to DMACC by providing timely information about students' financial accounts. There are many different payment options including a Payment Plan via automatic monthly installments. Contact Student Accounts by calling (515) 964-6446 or email email@example.com.
Yes, if you have lived in Iowa for the last 90 days, attended and graduated from an Iowa high school, and can submit an official high school transcript providing evidence of high school attendance. Please indicate that you are an undocumented or DACA student on your application. If you meet residency requirements, you will automatically be given in-state tuition.
Unfortunately, undocumented students, including DACA students and Dreamers, are not eligible for federal student aid or federal student loans.
However, DACA students may be able to access private or alternative student loans. These loans are not affiliated with the federal student loan program. Each private student loan has eligibility criteria set by the lender.
To learn more about private or alternative student loans:
- Visit DMACC’s Alternative Loan webpage or
- Contact the DMACC Student Financial Aid Office at 1-800-362-2127, ext. 6282.
Note: DMACC provides material concerning private student loans for informational purposes only and is not affiliated with any private lender. Again, these loan options are not in any way related to the federal student loan program.
DMACC gathers and shares information about scholarships offered by public and private
agencies, organizations, colleges and universities. Recipients are selected based
on scholastic aptitude, essay and financial need. Minimum or maximum awards vary.
Scholarships are gift aid and do not need to be paid back.
Here are some of the organizations that offer scholarships:
Yes, and all students should apply for one! Last year, through the DMACC Foundation, DMACC awarded more than $1 million in scholarships to our students.
Every scholarship will have certain eligibility criteria. But not all DMACC Foundation scholarships require U.S. citizenship. Many scholarships are awarded on the basis of achievement, although many also require that you have financial need. (This is why we recommend that you complete the FAFSA. (See Financial Aid section above)
These organizations have information about scholarships offered by other organizations and other resources for DACA Students
- The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI)
- The Iowa College Access Network (ICAN)
- Iowa College Aid
- The MALDEF Scholarship Resource Guide
- U.S. Department of Education
- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
- A Guide to College for Undocumented Students
- Undocumented College Student Guide and Resources
- Multiculturalism and Diversity on Campus
- Financial Aid for Minorities
- Scholarships for Minority Students
- DACA and Undocumented Students Guide
Does DMACC Embrace Diversity?
Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) has the distinction of enrolling the most culturally diverse student population in the Iowa higher education system. Our responsibility to our students, and to the staff and faculty that serve them, is articulated in the diversity vision statement:
DMACC will create a culture in which all people are valued and supported, and will celebrate the similarities and differences among us. In doing so, we will prepare the DMACC community to live, to learn, and to work together in a global society.
Des Moines Area Community College shall not engage in nor allow discrimination covered by law against any person, group or organization. This includes in its programs, activities, employment practices, hiring practices or the provision of services, and harassment or discrimination based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, age (in employment), disability, genetic information (in employment) and actual or potential parental, family or marital status of a person. Veteran status in educational programs, activities, employment practices, or admission procedures is also included to the extent covered by law.Diversity At DMACC