Resources for undocumented and DACA students
This page contains general information and materials and should not be considered as legal advice. If you are looking for legal assistance with your personal immigration case please consult a licensed attorney who has experience working in immigration law or a Board of Immigration Appeals Accredited representative. Please contact the Social Services Coordinator who can help you find legal immigration assistance.
This page is a resource for all students, families, and faculty members who may need additional assistance in navigating on and off campus resources. If you need additional information or resources please contact Social Services Coordinator Jahahi Mazariego, LSW, by visiting JCSU 303-C or calling (775) 784-1547 to schedule an appointment.
The University of Nevada, Reno offers multiple degree programs but understanding the requirements for each program and balancing personal responsibilities may be overwhelming. There are academic advising for all majors, where they assist students in creating academic plans that best meet their study of interest.
Educational protections and benefits
The University of Nevada, Reno believes that our campus should be welcoming, safe and supportive for all students regardless of their immigration status, national origin, age, disability gender, disability, race, color, religion and veteran status. We encourage you to read more about the policies below to understand the educational rights of all students.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records and students identifying information. Learn more about FERPA at the University of Nevada, Reno.
All students regardless of their immigration status must earn their admission to any Nevada institution of higher education through their own merits. In the state of Nevada, a student is considered a Nevada “resident” for tuition purposes under the following conditions:
- An enrollee or graduate of a Nevada high school.
- A member of the Armed Forces of the United States stationed in Nevada as a permanent duty assignment, pursuant to military orders, or the spouse, family or legal guardian of such a person.
- A student who is financially dependent upon a family member or legal guardian who has been a resident of the state of Nevada 12 months prior to the first day of instruction of the semester in which the student intends to enroll.
- A student who is financially independent and has established residence in the state of Nevada for a minimum of 12 months prior to the first day of instruction of the semester in which the student intends to enroll.
- A financially independent person who has relocated or transferred to Nevada specifically for the primary purpose of permanent full-time employment or to establish a business in Nevada, or the spouse, or dependents of such a person.
- A student who has been classified as an in-state resident by another NSHE institution.
For full details about Nevada Residency please visit the Board of Regents Handbook, Title 4 Chapter 15: Regulations for Determining Residency and Tuition Charges. For additional information about University of Nevada, Reno in-state tuition and policies, refer to our page on becoming a Nevada Resident.
The University of Nevada, Reno offers institutional grants and scholarship opportunities based on merit or financial need for students who do not have the opportunity to apply for Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Additionally, non-FAFSA eligible students can apply for private scholarships.
Mental health support
It is important to recognize the resiliency of undocumented students and continue to acknowledge the challenges impacting these student's mental health, self-esteem and well-being. The University strives in supporting all students and their unique challenges through supportive services. Below you will find on campus counseling services for students.
- University of Nevada, Reno Counseling Services
- The Downing Counseling Clinic
- Victims of Crime Treatment Center
For additional counseling and mental health services you can contact Social Services Coordinator Jahahi Mazariego, LSW, by visiting JCSU 303-C or calling (775) 784-1547 to schedule an appointment.
The University of Nevada, Reno does not endorse or specifically recommend any resource. We encourage you to do additional research when looking for any legal help. We recommend you follow the toolkits at the bottom of this page to better assist you in finding reliable and legal assistance.