CSCU's Position on DACA

The fundamental responsibility of a public education institution is to foster learning, innovation, and strong communities to any student willing to put in the work to learn and achieve. CSCU admits students based on a holistic approach and many of our schools are open access. CSCU does not collect or retain information on undocumented students' immigration status, and doesn't have a list of undocumented students. We will not create such a list or document and could not and would not share that information with others.

Our campus police do not and will not inquire about a student's immigration status during the course of their work that including anyone seeking assistance from the police. No student will be detained solely on the basis of immigration status. This is Standard Operating Procedure for our campus police and that will not change.

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Resources & Services

In the wake of Trump's decision to end the DACA program for immigrant youth on Sept 5th, CT Students for a Dream (C4D) along with many partners across CT are providing FREE legal assistance and DACA scholarships to CT DACA applicants who need to renew and submit their DACA application before the deadline of Oct 5th. C4D is a statewide youth-led network fighting for the rights of undocumented youth and their families.

What is DACA? Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is a program that allows undocumented immigrant youth who came to the US at a young age and meet certain qualifications to apply for a work permit and gain protection from deportation. The administration is ending DACA with a "6 month phase out," This means, 

  • USCIS will not be accepting any new, or "first-time" DACA applications;
  • Anyone whose DACA expires between now and March 5, 2018 can apply for a renewal of their DACA. They MUST apply by the deadline of October 5th;
  • Those with a permit expiring after March 6th, 2018 will not be able to renew and their permit will expire on the date listed on their DACA.
  • There will be no new renewals after March 5, 2018.

DACA Renewal Scholarship
The fee to apply for a DACA renewal costs $495 to the US government. Many DACA recipients and their families cannot afford to pay the fee, especially given the short timeline they have to apply and get the money together.  CT Students for a Dream is raising money to give DACA scholarships to anyone who needs help paying for their DACA renewal fee. 

Scholarship application:
Deadline to apply is Sept 23, 2017

CT Students for a Dream and partners will be organizing FREE DACA Renewal application clinics over the next 3 weeks. See "Info Sheet on DACA Renewal Help in CT" with dates of current DACA renewal clinics, as well as a list of legal service organizations and non-profits that are assisting with DACA.  


BRIDGEPORT - Saturday, Sept 23rd @ 10:00am-3:00pm
Burroughs Community Center, 
2470 Fairfield Ave, Bridgeport, CT 06605
* Organized by: CT Hispanic Bar Association, Center for Children’s Advocacy, Esperanza Center for Law and Advocacy, CT Students for a Dream, CT Institute for Refugees and Immigrants

WINDHAM - Wednesday, Sept 20th @ 4:00pm-8:00pm
St. Joseph Church Hall, 
99 Jackson Street, Willimantic, CT
* Organized by: CT Students for a Dream, Sagrado Corazon De Jesus Church

MERIDEN - Sunday, Sept 24th @ 2:00pm-5:00pm
St Rose Church, 
35 Center St, Meriden, CT 06450
* Organized by: CT Legal Services, St Rose of Lima Parish, CT Students for a Dream 

HARTFORD - Saturday, Sept 30th @ 12:00pm-3:00pm
Center for Latino Progress - CPRF 
95 Park St #2, Hartford, CT 06106
* Organized by: CT Students for a Dream, Center for Latino Progress 

What will happen at a DACA Application Clinic? Trained volunteers fill out the DACA application with applicant; lawyers then review the application for submission. Register Below!

¿Que sucedera en esta Clínica? En esta clínica, abogados y voluntarios capacitados responderán a sus preguntas sobre DACA y ayudarán a llenar los formularios necesarios para su aplicación. (¡Trae sus documentos!) Registrarse abajo!