Resources for Undocumented and DACA Students

Teachers play a vital role for undocumented students and their families. This collection of resources compiled by The ILC Public Education Institute includes information about undocumented students’ rights, emergency planning guides, lists of scholarships and guides for teachers. Search below or use the “Browse” tab to explore a list of all available options.

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Undocumented Immigrant Students

Video showing challenges and fears of undocumented students in schools and universities, and strategies for educators to address them

Protecting Immigrant Students' Rights to a Public Education

Resources to help families, advocates, educators and administrators advocate for students facing language access or enrollment barriers in public school

College Resources for Undocumented Students

College prep, career planning and expert advice for undocumented students and their families

Working With Undocumented Families

Article for adults working with children living in fear of immigration concerns

Special Attributes Scholarships

Comprehensive list of scholarships available to undocumented/TPS/DACA students and other groups

Family Preparedness Plan

Guide to help everyone create a Family Preparedness Plan, regardless of immigration status, available in English and Mandarin

Scholarships for DREAMers

List of financial aid opportunities for undocumented students and DREAMers

Informed Immigrant Guides

Resources to support immigrants in navigating TPS, DACA, laws/rights, family preparation, detention and deportation, and mental health

Migration of Unaccompanied Children to the U.S.: Factors in Successful Integration

Article that describes six themes that promote and hinder the successful integration of unaccompanied minors in their communities

Families Belong Together Parent Resource Hub

Lessons, resources and coloring pages to help children develop compassion and self-understanding, and to become agents of change

Immigrant and Refugee Children: A Guide for Educators and School Support Staff

Guide for helping to open the doors of opportunity for undocumented, unaccompanied and refugee children living in the United States

Waking Dream Curricula

Collection of short videos and accompanying curriculum following the lives and challenges of DACA recipients
Title Description Tags Author
Undocumented Immigrant Students Video showing challenges and fears of undocumented students in schools and universities, and strategies for educators to address them video, elementary school, middle school, high school, adult and higher education The Immigrant Learning Center
Protecting Immigrant Students’ Rights to a Public Education Resources to help families, advocates, educators and administrators advocate for students facing language access or enrollment barriers in public school website, elementary school, middle school, high school Southern Poverty Law Center
College Resources for Undocumented Students College prep, career planning and expert advice for undocumented students and their families website, high school, adult and higher education Best Colleges
Families Belong Together Parent Resource Hub Lessons, resources and coloring pages to help children develop compassion and self-understanding, and to become agents of change website, elementary school, middle school, high school Families Belong Together
Immigrant and Refugee Children: A Guide for Educators and School Support Staff Guide for helping to open the doors of opportunity for undocumented, unaccompanied and refugee children living in the United States article/report, elementary school, middle school, high school Learning for Justice
Waking Dream Curricula Collection of short videos and accompanying curriculum following the lives and challenges of DACA recipients lesson plan, middle school, high school, adult and higher education  iNation Media
Waking Dream Episodes Six-episode series showing the reality of young people in the DACA program video, middle school, high school, adult and higher education Indie Lens Storycast
Supporting & Protecting Undocumented Students Guide to what schools and leaders can do to help the undocumented community website, elementary school, middle school, high school Community for Accredited Online Schools
Working With Undocumented Families Article for adults working with children living in fear of immigration concerns website, elementary school, middle school, high school Alina Ramirez-Ponce, Ph.D., LCSW-S
Informed Immigrant Guides Resources to support immigrants in navigating TPS, DACA, laws/rights, family preparation, detention and deportation, and mental health general audience, website Informed Immigrant
Emergency Planning Guide for Parents with Uncertain Immigration Status Resource offering support on how to make care plans for children general audience, website Office of the Attorney General Maura Healy
Scholarships for DREAMers List of financial aid opportunities for undocumented students and DREAMers website, adult and higher education Get Schooled
Family Preparedness Plan Guide to help everyone create a Family Preparedness Plan, regardless of immigration status, available in English and Mandarin website, general audience Immigrant Legal Resource Center
Special Attributes Scholarships Comprehensive list of scholarships available to undocumented/TPS/DACA students and other groups website, adult and higher education Scholarships.com
What Teachers Supporting Undocumented Students Should Know Short article outlining student and family rights as well as tips for educators website, elementary school, middle school, high school Paula Ann Solis
Migration of Unaccompanied Children to the U.S.: Factors in Successful Integration Article that describes six themes that promote and hinder the successful integration of unaccompanied minors in their communities article/report, elementary school, high school, middle school United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
American Federation of Teachers: Immigration Resources for teachers and schools about DACA and immigrant students’ rights website, elementary school, middle school, high school American Federation of Teachers
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