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

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.

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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JCscuba
JCscuba
2 years ago

Dear Dr. ,I know you are one of the primary moving forces in the Universe, can you turn me into a Mexican? Whoops, never mind, I already have a masters degree and I learn far more from reading your site. xoxo J.C.

vistabee1
vistabee1
2 years ago

Why should the smart, wealthy kids bother going there now?

Auntie Lulu
Auntie Lulu
2 years ago
Reply to  vistabee1

vistabee1 . . . Indeed why would any US citizen attend school there, when the school has cheapened the requirements for a degree. Better to attend a different school where they hold everyone to the same high standards. I just don’t know what is wrong with people who think up this kind of garbage.

stlonginus
2 years ago
Reply to  vistabee1

Years ago, I personally knew someone whose “status” was ILLEGAL (therefore CANNOT be called an immigrant which denotes legality) and who received a FULL RIDE at Boston College. I don’t remember what her GPA was, nor her SAT scores, but that SHOULDN’T HAVE MATTERED. She shouldn’t have been able to attend college because she was here ILLEGALLY. In fact, she shouldn’t have been able to go to primary/secondary school either. WHO THE HELL is paying for these “scholarships”? That would be interesting to know. Would it perhaps be some big NGOs? Here is Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund… Read more »

Captain Obvious
Captain Obvious
2 years ago

Imagine this job posting from the Mayo clinic:
Neorusurgeon, must be a dreamer, medical school completion not required, fellowship preferred but not required. If you show up, that’s awesome, we will hire you.

TrailDust
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TrailDust
2 years ago

Thus further devaluing the painful investment honest students must make for an education.

JCscuba
JCscuba
2 years ago

The truth is the truth. Is there a better site to find it, well, of course, I come in a distant second. Not by more than a yard:-)

Alma
Alma
2 years ago

FIU (Florida international University) is a great school, has a great program and professors the best, it is not a private school, just your good grades will get you in, the campus is great, I recommend the school as one of the best, If you have money UM is good other than that is just a name.

lophatt
lophatt
2 years ago

Another Obongo “legacy” item. He rewards dependents who arrive illegally. Those that are here legally, who’s parents paid to build these institutions get……nuthin!

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The truth is, at least here in CA….these “DREAMERS” DO HAVE a home in Mexico to return to. They have never severed ties w/relatives still there, which is why I receive them into my middle school classrooms at ages 11-14, having spent already 7- 10 years in our school system, (as well as SUPPOSEDLY….the years between birth and schooling) and still speaking no/or limited English. I can’t TELL you the amount of times I ‘ve consulted my student’s “cumulative record…or CUM” b/c I thought they were “special ed.”……only to find out they were NOT special ed…they were “just” second language… Read more »

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