U. of Miami offers DACA students $62K full scholarships

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University of Miami (UM) is a private university of 16,848 students in 2015, and the 6th largest employer in Miami-Dade County. In 2017, U.S. News and World Report ranked UM as the 44th best national university in the United States.

Admission to UM is competitive and selective: In 2015, only 37.8% (or 12,625) of 33,416 undergraduate applicants were admitted. Incredibly, the average high school GPA of those admitted was 4.0, i.e., a perfect A grade; the median SAT score was 1300 (out of 1600).

Given the competitiveness of admissions, it is all the more outrageous that University of Miami is offering “Dreamers” — children who illegally entered the U.S. with their illegal alien parents — a full scholarship worth $62,000, as well as lower GPA and SAT standards.

Eduarto Neret reports for Campus Reform, Aug. 31, 2017, that University of Miami’s U Dreamers Program provides scholarships covering 100% of the “demonstrated financial need” of DACA students who reside in Florida, including tuition and fees, room and board, a meal plan, and student health insurance.

UM estimates that the total cost of attendance for an undergraduate student living on campus is slightly more than $66,000, of which at least $62,000 would be covered by the U Dreamers Program.

The Dreamer scholarship is “renewable for up to four academic years or such time [as is] required to complete the baccalaureate degree.”

DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, is an unconstitutional Obama-era policy that protects from deportation illegal immigrants who were brought to the country as children, and also authorizes them to work in the United States.

To qualify for the renewable $62K Dreamers scholarship, one must:

  • Be a Dreamer or DACA.
  • Must have attended an accredited Florida high school or, in the case of transfer students, “a regionally accredited institution in the State of Florida” and “have completed or will soon complete 60 credit hours or more at the time of application.”
  • Freshmen must have a minimum high school GPA of 3.2 and an SAT score of at least 1100 (55th percentile) or ACT score of at least 21; transfer students must maintain a 3.5 college GPA.
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The examples of UM students Andrea Cicilia and Natalie Telfeja make clear how discriminatory the university’s U Dreamers Program is against students who are U.S. citizens.

Cicilia told Campus Reform she wasn’t accepted to UM outright nor offered any scholarship money although she had a high school GPA higher than 3.2 and an ACT score of 25:

“It’s disappointing and unfair that UM would give full scholarships to DACA students, especially when they can qualify with a lower GPA and lower test scores than me. Would I qualify for a full scholarship as a citizen with a 3.2 GPA and 21 on the ACT? Probably not.”

Transfer student Natalie Telfeja, who entered UM with a 3.7 GPA, said:

“I consider myself lucky to have the partial scholarship that I have. It’s not fair that an undocumented student with a lower GPA could qualify for a full scholarship over someone like me. They are practically receiving preferential treatment for their immigration status.”

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10 Responses to U. of Miami offers DACA students $62K full scholarships

  1. albany le says:

    These scholarships should be awarded only to deserving American Citizens. Why the hell are you giving illegals payback like this for murdering America? Get real, and treat our Americans like they should be treated. Americans, First, Last and Always!

  2. JonathanBurke says:

    “U. of Miami offers DACA students $62K full scholarships”
    –white, REAL AMERICANS, males, Christians, pro-lifers…NEED NOT APPLY !!!! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6e13c60b0b0be711b97037a013f08e76fc95d54bacf34daa50a8601894a82dc8.jpg

  3. Meg says:

    I have been helping my grandchild pay off her loans for 3 years now and illegals get full tuition paid. What does that say about the people running these colleges. An illegal should not get what a citizen of the US cannot get. Put them all out.

  4. Mary Lombardino says:

    And this is yet another example of how “White Privilege” is a MYTH, the only people who are PRIVILEGED IN AMERICA are those who know how to Manipulate the SYSTEM and it isn’t Whites who for the most part Work for every single thing they have. Yes we have good and bad in every Race, but in the Know Exercise their Power to Benefit themselves and their Political Affiliations. Not any Race.

    I no longer view college educated folks from Harvard, U of Miami and any other University with these types of policies as great learning institutions as they’re nothing but RACE DIVIDERS in a Country where UNITY is KEY to our SUCCESS!

  5. Ann Tenna says:

    stupid bastards…no wonder they are going to be destroyed,,,,hahaha

  6. Real American says:

    And yet your average WHITE students despite MORE merit get the shaft while some illegal gets yet another free ride at everyone elses expense.

  7. Shirley says:

    This really pi$$es me off. I have been helping my Grandson’s 18 yr old friend, an American Citizen, get some help with his college tuition. He has no parents and no money. It has been like pulling teeth. He is going to have to work 2 part time jobs to help pay for his schooling yet these people get it free? I know so many kids who have to forgo college because they cannot afford it. Then they wonder why we are so mad.

  8. gomurr says:

    Sorry, Dreamers……this is just plain wrong.

  9. James Higginbotham says:


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