last revised 6/12/2018

Campus Contacts

Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI)

Mary Graydon Center, Room 201 and 202

cdi [at] and 202-885-3651

No designated point-person for undocumented students.

Undocumented students (with or without DACA) should contact staff in the Center for Diversity & Inclusion (CDI) with any questions.
— Source:; Accessed: 6/12/18

Institutional Websites

Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI)

  • Outlines American University's admissions and financial aid policies pertaining to undocumented students.

February 10, 2017 Memorandum, "Resources and Support for AU's Undocumented Students"

  • Statement of support for undocumented students by President Neil Kerwin.

Student Initiatives

American University Student Government: For Undocumented Students

  • An impressive list of resources (compiled from NYU and Georgetown) available to immigrant students, including (but not limited to) analyses of recent executive orders, immigration legal referral hotlines, “Know Your Rights” resources and written guides, and resources for noncitizens in removal proceedings without representation. 

Institutional Policies

Since its founding, American University has been a place that welcomes students and faculty from around the world and has dedicated itself to advancing international service. AU values the dignity of all members of the University community. On November 21, 2016, AU’s President affirmed American University’s position on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program for undocumented immigrant students and joined with other university and college presidents to advocate for continuance of the program.

AU provides the following support and reassurance to our undocumented students by affirming these commitments:
• Information about application for admission and financial aid may be provided to prospective students, regardless of immigration status
• Admitted students will not be asked if they are undocumented, nor will they be asked to provide proof of immigration status. However, the Department of Education may require the American University Financial Aid Office to verify and report the immigration status of financial aid applicants seeking need based assistance.
• AU Campus Police will not question, hold, or arrest AU students on the basis of immigration alone
• AU Campus Police will not participate in joint immigration enforcement efforts with other law enforcement officials, unless required by law
• The University will refer students in need of legal assistance to available resources
— Source:; Accessed: 6/12/18

Financial Support

Undocumented college students are not eligible to receive federal financial aid. Students are eligible for the same merit based aid offered to all students. Scholarship funds are available for qualified students and are offered on the basis of academic merit. These awards range in value from $6,000 to $30,000 and no separate application is required.
Additional scholarship funds are offered to students who qualify for admission to the University Honors Program (a $30,000 merit award) and the Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholars Program (full tuition, room, and board). Separate applications are required for these programs.
— Source:; Accessed: 6/12/18

Legal Support

The American University Student Government “For Undocumented Students” page directs students to call 202 – 885 – 3350 or email isss[at] for legal help. – Source:; Accessed: 6/12/18