UVA to Offer Financial Aid to Student Recipients of DACA Program
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The University of Virginia is now offering financial aid to students who are recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program. The new policy will only apply to students living in the state of Virginia.
DACA recipients are people who came to the United States as children and are undocumented. The Obama-era program allows them to stay and work and study in the United States.
A university spokesperson said the funding for this will be provided through private resources.
“While this is incredible we also realize that this isn't a lot of students. You know they're catching the tails end of the amount of DACA students left at UVA,” said Steven Radilla, with DREAMers on Grounds.
UVA is playing catch up to several universities in the commonwealth who already offered financial aid to DACA recipients, including the College of William & Mary and George Mason University. Members of the group DREAMers on Grounds have been pushing for this for a while.
Now, they're urging the university's administration to allow undocumented students, without DACA, to enroll. UVA does not currently have a policy on this.