Are undocumented students eligible for admission to Metropolitan Community College – Kansas City?
Undocumented students with a U.S. high school transcript or GED will be admitted to MCCKC and will pay the international tuition rate.
Are undocumented students eligible for Federal or State Financial Aid?
Federal and State financial aid is only available to U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents. However, qualified undocumented students may be eligible for MCCKC specific scholarships.
Are there deadlines to apply for admission for undocumented applicants?
How does an undocumented applicant apply for admission?
To apply, you must submit the MCC International Student Application.
Do students admitted under undocumented status need to take English as a Second Language assessment?
If the student reports English as a second language on their application for admission, they will be asked to take the ESL ACCUPLACER® placement test.
Is the student’s immigration status protected by FERPA?
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that protects the privacy of student educational records at educational institutions. As a result, the college cannot release a student’s information (other than directory information), including immigration status, except under very specific circumstances, such as a court order. For more information about what can be released about students, refer the US Department of Education website. Students can request a FERPA hold at the Enrollment Center on each campus.
What is Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)?
Deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) provides for a two-year grant of deferred action to certain individuals who are not in lawful immigration status and 1) entered the U.S. before age 16, 2) lived in the U.S for five continuous years since June 15, 2007 and on June 15, 2012, 3) enrolled in or graduated from a U.S. high school, GED or other qualifying educational program, 4) no felony, misdemeanors and not a national security or public safety threat and 5) at least 15 years of age but not more than 30 years of age at the time of application.
DACA does not confer lawful immigration status, nor does it have any impact on a student’s eligibility for admission to MCCKC. DACA students will pay the out-of-state tuition rate. DACA status allows the Department of Homeland security to forgo deportation against recipients for a two-year period of time. DACA recipients are eligible for work authorization, to apply for a social security number and thus to complete a FAFSA. While completion of the FAFSA does not make them eligible for Federal and State financial aid, it may allow determination of eligibility for private aid. They will receive a C-code on the FAFSA requesting documentation of citizenship.
On September 5, 2017 the Attorney General announced the rescission of the DACA program. According to the Memorandum issued by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and accompanying FAQs, the agency will continue to adjudicate DACA requests that were filed with DHS by September 5, 2017. DHS will also accept applications for DACA renewals from beneficiaries whose current DACA benefits will expire between September 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018, so long as those requests are received by DHS by October 5, 2017.
MCC will continue to monitor this major change in policy, and update our website as new information becomes available.