DACA: FAQs

Yes. DACA has no effect on an application for admission.

No. Our application process does not ask for or require information about an applicant’s DACA status. So it has no effect on whether an individual student may be offered admission.

No. In Texas tuition rates are determined by Texas residency status. DACA has no effect on the laws that govern Texas residency and so will not affect tuition rates.

We generally talk about two admissions-related issues covered by Texas law: automatic admission and Texas residency.

No. Texas automatic admission and Texas residency rules remain in place. Neither are affected by the recently announced changes to DACA.

No. Automatic admission to eligible students is available to students who graduate from Texas high schools or Department of Defense schools.

Losing DACA status will affect your ability to work while in college. Unless Congress passes legislation to provide benefits to undocumented students, working while in college will not be an option and you should seek other kinds of financial aid.

No. In general, international students are not eligible for federal financial aid. Students who qualify for Texas residency are, on the other hand, eligible for consideration for financial aid from the state of Texas and from the university.

Even though you may have lived in the U.S. nearly your entire life, by the standards of the university system, if you are an undocumented student, you are considered an international student. This is why you may receive automated email messages from the UT International Office related to things such as the International Briefing and Check-in (IBC), health insurance, and other items.

We have designed special IBC Orientation Sessions for undocumented students. The session is titled “HB1403/SB1528 Students” and they are available to new incoming first-year, transfer and graduate students in the summer, fall and spring. During this session you will learn valuable information about being a student at UT Austin. Attending this session will also clear your “I-bar”. First-year students planning to attend a summer orientation session should sign up for the IBC that corresponds with their orientation week. Transfer and graduate students who need to register for classes should sign up for a General IBC. In order to schedule an appointment for IBC, please register for a session.

As a classified “international student” the university system automatically adds this charge to your bill. In order to take these expenses of your bill, you must complete a permanent insurance waiver form.

No. If you do not want to pay for UT Health Insurance, an advisor at the International Office can help you complete a permanent insurance waiver form. If you wish to have UT Health Insurance costs waived, you must complete this form with an advisor before the 11th class day of the semester.

This is a form only accessible by meeting in-person with a UT International Office Advisor. It cannot be completed online or over the phone.

Once you submit this form you are permanently waived out of the UT Health Insurance plan. If you later decide you would like to have UT Health Insurance coverage, you must schedule an appointment with an insurance advisor at the International Office. Schedule an appointment.

Effective Sept. 5, 2017, DHS will not approve any new applications for advance parole (approval to leave the country and re-enter the country and maintain DACA status). Current DACA recipients are advised not to leave the country at this time as they may not be permitted to return to the United States.

As of this time, access to veterans benefits is not dependent on residency. For updated information to this question, please visit va.gov. For assistance filing for VA benefits while at UT, please contact Student Veterans Services in the Office of the Dean of Students at (512) 232-2835.

When your DACA expires, you are no longer eligible to work in the United States. Please consult with your advisor or department chair about your options.

It is up to you how much or how little you want to share with your professor or TA about your situation. Student Emergency Services in the Office of the Dean of Students provides a guide on how to talk to your professors about emergency situations on the Dean of Students website. You can also set up a time to meet with staff in SES by calling (512) 471-5017.