Resources and Information

DACA and Undocumented Students

Buena Vista University is dedicated to supporting and advocating for our students. With this dedication comes a duty to serve our underrepresented, marginalized and multicultural students. We remain committed to fostering an inclusive environment where all are welcome!

BVU also offers support to undocumented students and families, including those covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Please take advantage of these resources!

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Most BVU private scholarship funding is available to DACA and undocumented students—including merit awards, Beaver Visit grants, legacy grants, sibling grants, fine and media arts scholarships, multicultural scholarships. Scholarships

Questions & Answers

Is my DACA status valid?

Yes, your DACA is valid until its expiration date. DACA and work permits (employment authorization documents) remain valid until their expiration date. To determine when your DACA and work permit expire, check your I-795 Approval Notice and the bottom of your employment authorization document (EAD).

Can I still apply for DACA?

If you qualify for deferred action under the original DACA requirements you can apply today.

If I already have DACA can I renew it?

Yes. Individuals who were previously granted deferred action under DACA may request renewal. Visit the following link for more detailed information:

Can undocumented students, including former and current DACA recipients, enroll at Buena Vista University?

Yes. BVU allows students to enroll regardless of immigration status.

If my DACA status expires, can I continue as a student at BVU?

Yes. You are still a student at BVU and we are committed to supporting you in meeting your educational goals. We also welcome all undergraduate applicants regardless of citizenship status.

Can undocumented students, including former and current DACA recipients, qualify for financial aid and scholarships?

Undocumented students are not eligible for federal financial aid. However, most BVU private scholarship funding is available to undocumented students, including merit awards, Beaver Visit grants, legacy grants, sibling grants, fine and media arts scholarships, multicultural scholarships.

Our Education for Service scholarship requires students to be eligible for the Iowa Tuition Grant and Federal Pell Grants, and is therefore not available for DACA recipients. Your BVU Admissions Counselor can provide guidance on your scholarship eligibility.

If I am stopped by Iowa police, am I required to show proof of my immigration status?

No, the state of Iowa currently does not have a “show me your papers” law.

Where can I find access to immigration legal assistance?

Visit the Iowa Department of Human Rights Immigration Resources page for legal resources, including a link to immigration lawyers in Iowa. Note that page two of this document lists immigration lawyers based in Northwest Iowa. 

Admissions Resources in Spanish

BVU offers college search resources featuring Spanish-language speakers. Click the playlist button in the video to see the entire series.

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