Undocumented Student Resources
Loyola University Chicago is committed to all of our students regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, or immigration status. In these difficult times, our campus remains as supportive as ever of DACA recipients and other immigrants learning and working in our community. To the DACA students and staff affected by current litigation, know that you are not alone and that you will have the full support of our institution. While we wait for the Supreme Court’s decision Loyola remains committed to enabling the continued success of DACA recipients and to securing permanent relief for these aspiring Americans.
Please review the resources we have outlined below to students and their families.
- Undocumented & Proud (UP) is sponsored by the Department of Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs and serves as student-led support group for undergraduate/graduate undocumented students and DACA recipients. if you are searching for affinity-based community, a chance to build solidarity, and an opportunity to share resources. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to join this student group.
- Undocumented Student Programs (USP) is a campus-wide initiative sponsored by the Department of Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs and co-led by USP Student Interns. USP is designed to build awareness on issues related to undocumented student experiences at Loyola and create space for undocumented students and allies to develop advocacy strategies through out the academic year. USP also provides “Share The Dream” ally training for students, staff and faculty during the academic year. for more information about this program initiative, follow us on instagram @luc_usp or email us at email@example.com.
- Dreamers and Allies Student Organization (DASO) is sponsored by Arrupe College and is a student organization dedicated to helping undocumented students and advocate for social justice issues. We strive to spread awareness throughout the Loyola community about social injustices in the undocumented community. Our purpose as a student organization is to empower and support the undocumented population at Arrupe College. We are not just for undocumented students, but we are also open to allies. To join this group or to learn more about daso email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Admissions. 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 Scholarship. 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.
- 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.
- Testing Sites listed by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has consolidated information to find
- Resources from for immigrant families navigating covid-19 concerns created by the Coalition for Immigrant Mental Health (CIMH)
- Google spreadsheet with State-by-State resources for undocumented immigrants compiled by UndocuScholars
- Resources from Immigrants Rising for undocumented communities during the coronavirus (covid-19) pandemic
- Through the Rise Act, Illinois residents who are undocumented (regardless of daca status) may be eligible for the state of il map grant. funding is limited so please submit the Alternative Application as soon as possible.
- Undocumented students will be eligible to apply for The Loyola Commitment, a new initiative that assists students whose families have experienced significant income loss in 2020. to be considered, please submit a 2020-2021 special circumstance appeal with documentation of the income loss.
- For general concerns regarding financial aid eligibility or for information regarding payment plans, private loans, and other tuition assistance, please contact kelsey gerber, associate director of financial aid at email@example.com.
- For acute, short-term emergency assistance please submit a Care Referral and a staff member from the Office of the Dean of Students will contact you by email.
- Catholic Charities (Chicago Office) provides support with immigration and naturalization services. their services include assistance in completing paperwork that relates to adjustment of status, consular processing, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), employment authorization, family-based petitions, nacara, naturalization/citizenship, T visas, temporary protected status (tps), U visas, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) petitions. they also service families in Illinois, Indiana and Michigan. appointments are made by phone only: 312-427-7078.
- Centro Romero’s Latin American Legal Assistance Services (LALAS) provides direct service representation, immigration education, and advocacy services to low-income, primarily spanish-speaking immigrant community members. By assisting persons in attaining lawful permanent residency and united states citizenship, the LALAS program directly enhances the person, the family, and the greater community.
- Enlace Chicago provides a legal aid clinic for the Little Village community, all services are free of charge. The clinic operates every tuesday evening, opening at 5:00 pm.-8:00 pm. Individuals and families are seen on a walk in basis. Services include immigration, housing, education, and labor disputes. The clinic is located at 2756 S. Harding Ave, Chicago, Il 60623. Please contact Roberto Chavez at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Loyola upholds FERPA to protect the privacy of all our students’ educational records.the resurrection project.
- National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) can help families with citizenship and daca consultation, immigrants applying for temporary protect status, and support for victims of domestic violence, and human trafficking. they are by appointment only: call 312-660-1370 or email email@example.com
- The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) provides a vast list of non-profit organizations offering low-cost legal services with attorneys or authorized legal assistance providers. There is also a list of non-profits who are authorized to provide immigration services.
- The Illinois Trust Act (SB 31) 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.
- The Resurrection Project offers immigration legal services to support immigrant families living in Illinois. their attorneys consult on matters of DACA, citizenship, family petitions, adjustment of status, bond hearings, asylum, and more. They provide weekly drop-in consultation every Saturday at 9AM on a first-come first serve basis.
Know Your Rights Toolkit
- If you or someone you know experiences an ICE raid, please call 1-855- HELP- MY-FAMILY or 1-855-435-7693 immediately and report it. Check out Organized Communities Against Deportations, IS IT A RAID? infographic for more information on how to identify and report immigration activity.
- There are rapid response teams throughout the state ready to protect our communities. If you are already part of a local rapid response team, or would like support in developing one, please contact Evelyn Venegas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are three immediate things you can do if you are experiencing ICE enforcement activity:
If an ICE agent knocks on your door, DO NOT OPEN IT! Law enforcement agents must have a warrant signed by a judge to require you to open your door.
Record, document and share any ICE activity in your community. Take pictures, use video, get as much information as you can and send it to email@example.com. For information on how to safely record ICE activity CLICK HERE
Contact your elected officials and community leaders. Giving local officials and community leaders a “heads up” and getting statements in opposition to these raids is critical.
Get Involved, Get in Touch!
To find out more about what you can do to push back against the deportation machine, build immigrant and refugee power and to advance immigrant and refugee friendly policies at the local, state and federal level, please contact us at ICIRR at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Illinois Coalition for Immigrant & Refugee Rights (ICIRR)
- National Immigrant Justice Center (of the Heartland Alliance)
- National Immigration Law Center, includes templates for Family Preparedness Plans
- DACA Program Updates
- Immigrant Legal Resource Center
- American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
- Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC)
- The Young Clinic (U of Chicago)
- Loyola Center for Human Rights of Children
- Alianza Americas (Chicago)
- The Wellness Center is available to provide emotional support and resources to our undocumented/dacamented students. Our staff therapist, Priscilla Anzaldua, is a bilingual and multicultural clinician experienced in providing counseling services to students who hold marginalized identities. If you’d like to explore mental health services or community resources please reach out to her at email@example.com or 773.508.2184. You may also schedule a telephone intake appointment with a Wellness Center counselor online here.
- Unsure how to navigate the resources Loyola has to offer, visit the virtual Center for Student Assistance & Advocacy to report student concerns. Once a referral is submitted, a staff member from the Office of the Dean of Students will contact the student of concern and connect them to resources on-campus.
- The Coalition for Immigrant Mental Health (CIMH) has created a comprehensive list of mental health resources.
- The IL Childhood Trauma Coalition-Refugee & Immigrant Youth Subcommittee compiled a guide for working with refugee and immigrant communities.
- Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital Center for Childhood Resilience offers evidence-based trainings and resources focused on the mental health needs of marginalized youth “because no child should ever feel alone.” The organization has also worked with community partners to create a one-stop-shop of additional information surrounding DACA recipients’ rights and coping methods.
The mission of the DREAMer Committee is a university-wide committee that reviews Loyola’s progress in meeting the needs of undocumented students and students who are part of mixed- status families.* This committee includes members from the various colleges of Loyola University Chicago to discuss areas where the schools could further assist this community of students. The committee also includes student representatives who implement their student experience and discuss where they see the school should intervene to support undocumented students.
- Share the Dream Ally Training since 2012, Share the Dream Ally trainings have been offered on Loyola’s Lake Shore and Water Tower campuses. These trainings 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. To date, more than 600 participants have completed the training.
- United We Dream has provided a “Here to Stay” sanctuary tool kit, designed to help undocumented immigrants and allies, create sanctuary/safe cities, and find ways to ensure the protection of undocumented immigrants.
- Ignatian Solidarity Network has provided tools for allies who want to protect DACA recipients.
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For questions or the need to be connected to resources on campus, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.