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It is important to practice self-care during times of stress or uncertainty. The International Office has a designated student advisor to listen to your concerns. Please reach out to us if you would like to speak to our advisor.

Counselors in the Counseling and Mental Health Center are available to you 24 hours a day through the Crisis line (512-471-2255). Walk-in appointments are available at the Multicultural Education Center (MEC) on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Identity-based and campus-climate support groups are also held weekly.

The Monarch Students Program also provide support to undocumented students, including financial assistance for CMHC visits.

Below are important resources for you to be aware of:

 

Campus Resources

Undocumented students at UT add richness and value to the university community. It is our hope that, regardless of immigration status and personal circumstance, you are supported and empowered to reach your full potential at UT. We understand that there is a particular set of barriers and challenges for students who are undocumented as you navigate policies, processes and academic requirements of university study. The International Office is a safe place on campus to share concerns or ask for assistance.

Below is a list that we have developed to remind you of resources available to you on campus. You can also download a PDF version of the resources below.

Advisors in International Student & Scholar Services serve all UT students who are not U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents, including undocumented students. The UT International Office hosts the Longhorn Dreamers Project web page in collaboration with University Leadership Initiative, which includes detailed information and resources for undocumented students at UT. Undocumented students are encouraged to meet with an international student advisor at the International Office for resource referrals and assistance navigating university departments, however, advisors cannot offer legal advice related to undocumented student immigration matters. Study Abroad guides all students wishing to pursue an international experience during college, including DACA students.

Monarch Student Program is an initiative through the Longhorn Center for Academic Excellence. The mission of Monarch Student Program is to promote a community where undocumented students can thrive academically, personally, professionally through program advising, mentoring, and workshops. The Monarch Student Program provides free textbooks, laptops, and other classroom necessities as well as free, unlimited tutoring. Monarch Students partners with other departments at UT to promote a positive and welcoming environment for all students. Monarch Students staff is committed to provide these services with the utmost confidentially to protect student’s identification and will serve as an ally to help raise awareness and advocate for the academic rights of undocumented students at The University of Texas at Austin.

University Leadership Initiative (ULI) is a student and community organization led by undocumented immigrants and based in Austin, TX. ULI offers advocacy and support for undocumented students and families. ULI assists the UT International Office with new student orientation and staff training.

UT students may call CMHC Crisis Line at 512-471-2255 to speak with a trained counselor about their situation. CMHC also has information available on its website to find self-assisted help and how to set an appointment with a counselor.

SES helps students and their families during difficult or emergency situations. Assistance includes outreach, advocacy, intervention, support, and referrals to relevant campus and community resources.

UT Law Immigration Clinic consists of student attorneys, working under supervision of licensed attorneys, in order to provide crucial representation to vulnerable low-income immigrants before the immigration courts, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Board of Immigration Appeals and the federal courts. UT Law Immigration Clinic is not able to handle a large volume of individual cases and will select cases that involve more complex eligibility issues. All inquiries and intakes must be completed over the phone by calling (512) 232-1292.

Undocumented students may be eligible for state and university financial aid. For more information, contact the Office of Financial Aid counselors with specific training in the assistance of undocumented students: intertx@austin.utexas.edu.

The University of Texas at Austin is committed to addressing incidents that impact our campus climate, especially those that are bias-related. Your assistance in bringing these incidents to the university's attention will enhance our ability to systematically identify and respond to such events. Please use the online form to report a bias incident to the Campus Climate Response Team.

BCAL is an important way for the university community to feel connected. The purpose of BCAL is to create opportunities for caring and concern. BCAL provides a central resource to anyone who is concerned about an individual and may not be sure about how best to help them. By calling the advice line (512-232-5050), or submitting information online, campus and community support networks may be accessed; optimizing the chance that individuals will receive needed assistance. Contact BCAL if you are concerned about someone and want to help.

The Student Ombuds is available to listen to your concerns in a safe setting about life at the university and confidentially discuss interpersonal difficulties, university policies, university bureaucracy, and conflict resolution techniques.

Voices Against Violence (VAV) offers comprehensive violence prevention and response programs. We address issues of interpersonal violence, such as sexual violence, dating violence, and stalking. VAV aims to provide the campus with tools to identify and interrupt interpersonal violence, support survivors, and build a campus that values and promotes healthy relationships and consent.

The University Health Services (UHS) provides patient care and medical education to students of the University of Texas at Austin. Their services also include a full-service Women’s Health Clinic. If you are a registered student at UT, you are eligible to use UHS regardless of insurance or immigration status. A service of UHS, the UHS Nurse Advice Line is staffed 24 hours a day, every day of the year. UT students can call (512) 475-6877 (NURS) for advice on how to care for an illness or injury at home, or guidance about whether and when to see a healthcare provider.

Undocumented students may purchase a student health insurance plan through the UT International Office. Additionally, Medical Access Program (MAP) is a service of Central Health, providing healthcare coverage for low income persons or families living in Travis County without other healthcare coverage such as Medicaid, Medicare, or private insurance. Eligibility for MAP is not dependent on immigration status.

The university is committed to maintaining a learning environment that is free from discriminatory conduct based on gender. The University encourages anyone to immediately consult with or report incidents of sex discrimination, sexual harassment (including sexual violence) or sexual misconduct to the university's Title IX Office.

UT scholars and researchers may access EAP to speak confidentially with a counselor.

 


 

Other Resources

Understanding Undocumented

Learn what it really means to be undocumented and laws pertaining to undocumented students in Texas.

Filing Taxes

Filing taxes can be confusing. Find information about how to file taxes as an undocumented student.

Legal Help

We can’t provide legal help, but we’ve assembled a collection of legal services for undocumented students.

Support Organizations

There are a number of organizations on and off campus to help undocumented students and build community.

Information for Advisors

Undocumented students face unique challenges. Find resources to help you serve them better.