Undocumented Student Resources
Loyola University Chicago is committed to all of our students regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, or immigration status. As part of that commitment, we are providing next steps, information, and resources including campus contacts, legal protections, and more for current and prospective undocumented students.
Next Steps for Undocumented Students
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) will be repealed in a phased approach. As of September 5, 2017, no new applications for status will be accepted. Current DACA recipients will retain their protected status until their permit expires and may be eligible for renewal:
- DACA recipients whose permits expire before March 5, 2018, will be permitted to apply for two-year renewals as long as they do so by October 5, 2017. We encourage students in this group to apply immediately.
- Recipients whose permits expire after March 5, 2018, will not be able to apply for a two-year renewal. We encourage students in this group to carefully review the information under Campus Contacts on this page and to contact the appropriate person with any questions or concerns.
Additionally, new DACA applications and renewal requests already received by the Department of Homeland Security (before September 5, 2017) will be reviewed and validated on a case-by-case basis—even those applications for permits that expire after March 5, 2018.
Additional details can be found on the Department of Homeland Security website.
Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Associate Dean of Students
Stritch School of Medicine
Mark Kuczewski, PhD
Director, Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics
Associate Dean of Students
Office of the General Counsel
If a subpoena relates in any way to undocumented students at Loyola, including but not limited to undocumented students, or an immigration enforcement action, you must immediately notify the Office of the General Counsel. This includes, but is not limited to, subpoenas related to education records of undocumented students, information regarding Loyola’s policies or procedures pertaining to undocumented students, and/or criminal investigations or other law enforcement activities related to undocumented students at Loyola.
Thomas K. Murray
Chief of Police and Director of Campus Safety
Katherine Kenny, JD
Assistant General Counsel, Office of the General Counsel
If you are served with a warrant of any kind, the only action you should take is to politely ask the law enforcement officials serving the warrant (e.g. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), FBI, IRS, Chicago Police Department) to wait in the office while you immediately contact Thomas K. Murray, chief of police and director of Campus Safety, and Katherine Kenny, assistant general counsel for instructions.
Loyola Committed Allies
View the list of Loyola Committed Allies who have completed Share the DREAM Undocumented Student Ally Trainings and identified themselves as allies to undocumented students.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
Loyola upholds the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) to protect the privacy of all our students’ educational records.
Illinois TRUST Act (SB 31)
The Illinois TRUST Act recently extended protections for undocumented Illinois residents. This act prevents Illinois law enforcement agencies and officials from detaining an individual based solely on an “immigration hold.” Also under this act, local police cannot stop, search, or arrest anyone based on their immigration or citizenship status.
Admissions and Application
Regardless of citizenship or residency status, all students can apply to Loyola. Residency status is not considered in the admissions process. Learn more
Tuition and Scholarships
As a private, Jesuit institution, tuition at Loyola is the same for residents of the state of Illinois as well as out of state and US non-citizens. However, international and undocumented students are not eligible to receive federal or state financial aid, though students may qualify for other types of financial aid and/or scholarships, including the Magis Scholarship Fund. Loyola will continue to assist undocumented students with scholarship opportunities and loan support and will continue to investigate funding streams to assist with this task. Learn more about Loyola’s financial support.
While the Stritch School of Medicine does not guarantee financial support to undocumented students, the school works closely with accepted students to find funding. Past loans have been available through the Resurrection Project, Illinois Finance Authority, and Trinity Health.
Since 2012, Share the DREAM Undocumented Student Ally Trainings have been offered on Loyola’s Lake Shore and Water Tower campuses. The aim of these trainings is to bolster on-campus support for and the inclusion of undocumented students as well as increase understanding of the experiences and perspectives of undocumented students. Trainings are held several times a year and are open to faculty, staff, and students.
The mission of the Dreamer Committee is to develop equitable policies and practices to promote educational opportunities and improve the lives of undocumented students at Loyola University Chicago.
On-Campus, External, and Online Resources
Handbooks and Guides
Immigrant Legal Resource Center’s Information Sheets (available in English, Spanish, and Chinese)
Please contact the Department of Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs for further resources and information on support for undocumented students.