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DACA Recipients

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) students are welcome to pursue admission and enrollment at Columbus State Community College. Our staff and faculty are committed to helping you attain your goals and want you to get a good start toward success.


Steps to Admission:

1. Complete the online application:

  • Be sure to check "Deferred Action" for your citizenship/immigration status

2. Submit the following documents to the International Student Services office by emailing scanned copies to . (Please attach the documents in the PDF format use your "first name", "last name" and "DACA" in the subject line for faster processing).

  • A copy of your I-797 Notice of Action (approval notice only) from USCIS for your I-821 D application for Deferred Action status,
  • A copy of your Employment Authorization Card (EAD)

Please allow 5 business days for processing after a complete application and supporting documentation are submitted for an admission decision. If your deferred action and EAD have already expired or the DACA application is still pending, you may apply for admission, but you will not be considered for Ohio residency classification and your tuition fees will be calculated at the international student fee rate.


Steps to enrollment (What to do after being admitted to CSCC?)

1. Take a Placement Test and/or Submit Test Scores and/or Transcripts
The placement test determines the appropriate course level placement for first term student. You may be exempt from taking some or all sections of the test if you have qualifying ACT, AP, or CLEP scores or have transcripts from another college or university. Click here for details.

2. Reserve your space for Orientation (You will register for classes at a New Student Orientation)
We strongly encourage you to attend orientation, where new students are assisted in the registration process. We offer a variety of options to orient you to Columbus State and help you get off to a successful start. Students who attend orientation EARLY typically have more accessibility and options when registering for courses.

3. Establishing Residency for In-State Tuition Purpose
Upon admission to the college, DACA students who self-report Ohio residency in the application will need to follow the Residency Guidelines and submit all the required documents to the Student Central on the second floor of Madison Hall before the deadline.

The reclassification application won’t be reviewed by the Office of the Registrar until student has been officially accepted by college and is ready to register for classes. If granted, the in-state tuition rate will be valid until the expiry date of your DACA status, at which time you can submit new documentation to be considered for an extension of the in-state tuition rate.

To inquire about Residency Status Reclassification process, to determine if you qualify to apply, or if you have general questions regarding residency, you may send an e-mail to: or leave a voice mail at (614) 287-5533.

4. Financial Aid information
DACA students are not eligible for any Federal Government financial aid program (i.e. Pell Grants, student loans, Federal Work Study). However, you are encouraged to apply for scholarship and College-work-study employment opportunities on campus. You should also explore sources for outside funding that do not specific citizenship, such as the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) , Latino Dollars for Scholars, and Dreamactivistohio. Please check the information carefully – these lists are often several years old can be outdated.

5. Non-work-study student employment opportunities

  • DACA students are eligible for some non-work-study student employment opportunities (not eligible for federal work-study positions). Please consult the HR page:
  • Additionally, DACA students may be able to find external, paid internships through Career Services’ portal called “Career Quest”: However, it is important to note that some internships may have permanent residency or citizenship requirements so be sure to check with the employer.
  • Finally, feel free to use Career Services’ coaching, resuming building, and career planning services:

6. Fields of study
Please be aware that undocumented and DACA students may face barriers in completing certain programs of study. For example, programs that require a practicum or licensure may be restricted based on Ohio law to U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Once you have been accepted by college, contact your academic advisor to discuss your possibilities.

7. Tuition & Fees

8. Academic Calendar / Dates and Deadlines