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Attending Columbus State

DACA Recipients

DACA students work with the International Student Services team throughout the application process and submit required DACA documentation to the International Student Services Office located in 109 Madison Hall.  DACA students are eligible to apply for in-state tuition, however,  they are not eligible for any state or federal financial aid and do not need to complete a FAFSA.


What you need to apply for admission:

1. Complete the online application:

    • Be sure to check "Deferred Action" for your citizenship/immigration

2. Submit the following documentation to the International Student Services office buy emailing scanned copies to

    • Copy of I-797 Notice of Action (must state "Notice of Deferred Action" in the body of the document)
    • Copy of Employment Authorization Card

What you need to apply for residency:

3.  Complete the DACA Residency Application

    • Males 18 - 26 will need to provide a Selective Service number on the application
    • Please note:The COMPASS placement test must be completed in order for the Residency Application to be processed. 

4.  Submit the Residency Application and supporting documents to the Student Central front desk located in the lobby on the upper level of Madison Hall.


Undocumented Students

We welcome all students to apply to Columbus State. If you are undocumented and have not received DACA, unfortunately, you are not eligible for in-state tuition or financial assistance. Tuition fees for undocumented students are calculated at the international student fee rate. Submit an online application at:


For more information regarding students, referrals and questions, please contact JoYin Tang (

Non-work-study student employment opportunities

  • DACA students are eligible for some non-work-study student employment opportunities (not eligible for federal work-study positions). Please consult the HR page:
  • Additionally, DACA students may be able to find external, paid internships through Career Services’ portal called “Career Quest”: However, it is important to note that some internships may have permanent residency or citizenship requirements so be sure to check with the employer.
  • Finally, feel free to use Career Services’ coaching, resuming building, and career planning services:

Fields of study

Please be aware that undocumented and DACA students may face barriers in completing certain programs of study. For example, programs that require a practicum or licensure may be restricted based on Ohio law to U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Contact your  academic advisor to discuss your possibilities.