Undocumented Students

Important Notice Concerning DACA

On September 5th, the Trump Administration announced the end of DACA! You may still be able to apply for a renewal before October 5th! Full details below on who can renew:

Initial (first-time) DACA applications are NO longer accepted.

If your DACA expires between Sept 5th and March 5th, 2018 you can apply for a renewal of DACA.
You MUST apply for a renewal BEFORE October 5th.

If your DACA expires after March 6th, 2018 you will not be able to renew, your DACA is valid until the date on the card.

There will be no new renewals after March 5th 2018



Information for Allies, Educators and Mental Health Providers

What is DACA?

Norwalk Community College welcomes students from all over Connecticut. On June 15, 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that certain undocumented people who came to the United States as children and meet several key requirements (see criteria below) may request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal. DACA is not a path to permanent residency, and an individual must apply to renew his or her DACA status every two years.  

In-State tuition for CT undocumented students

In 2011, the Connecticut General Assembly approved a law which offers undocumented students residing in Connecticut in-state tuition benefits at the state’s public institutions of higher education. The law was then expanded in 2015, reducing the requirement for Connecticut high school attendance from four years to two under HB 6844. To be eligible for in-state tuition at a state institution, students must be a resident of Connecticut, have attended at least two years of high school in Connecticut, and have graduated (or received the equivalent of a high school diploma) from a Connecticut high school.  The Admissions office may contact you regarding your application.

Application process for undocumented students

The application process does not vary based upon citizenship and/or immigration status. All applicants must submit an NCC application, official transcripts, and ACT/SAT test scores.  Any applicant, regardless of citizenship or immigration status, whose native language is not English In most cases, will be required to take the ESL placement assessment. While many applications ask for a Social Security Number (SSN), there is no legal obligation on the part of colleges to require students to provide it.

Financial Aid for undocumented students

At this time, undocumented students do not qualify for CT state grants, scholarships or federal financial aid. Students are encouraged to seek scholarship opportunities from private sources.

Scholarship Do's and Don'ts

  • Check eligibility requirements for the scholarships you are interested in applying for.
  • If an application asks for your Social Security number and you do not have one yet, leave that space blank.
  • Contact the scholarship provider for application details and deadlines.
  • Provide accurate information. Providing false information or providing a false Social Security number is a Federal offense.
  • Scholarship scams exist. Do not pay any fees to apply for scholarships

Obtaining state licenses/certifications

Professions that require state licensing or certification require background checks, a social security number and state examinations. If you are undocumented, it may be difficult to pursue any type of state licensing or certification. Some of the professions that require a state license or certificate are in health care, education, and government.

CT Department of Public Health Practitioner Licensing & Investigations Section

If you need more information regarding our Nursing and Allied Health programs please contact 203.857.7122

Department of counseling

The Department of Counseling provides an array of student services and guidance to help students achieve their dreams. Our dedicated professional counseling staff is here to help you clarify and achieve your academic, educational and personal goals. To schedule an appointment with a counselor please stop by our office:

East Campus Room 104 or Call 203.857.7033

For additional information or questions pertaining to applying for admission please contact. the admissions office at 203.857.7068  admissions@norwalk.edu