President Katherine A. Rowe has issued the following statement:
"William & Mary has an enduring commitment to all of its students. In September 2017, the William & Mary Board of Visitors issued a statement of unanimous support for the university's DACA students and urged members of Congress to work together for a solution that would allow W&M's DACA students to finish their educations uninterrupted. The university community, myself included, stand by the Board's statement. We will continue to do all that we can to support our DACA students, who are valued members of the W&M community."
The menu below provides information and links to resources for our students with DACA.
Academic and Career Planning
Study and Internships Abroad
- At this point, it is advised that students on DACA do not pursue international travel, including study abroad, study away, or international service learning trips until further notice. While USCIS is renewing DACA authorizations they are not issuing new parole travel authorizations since September 5, 2017. If a student has a previously issued advance parole travel authorization that is not yet expired, CBP may honor it for reentry to the US, but there is no guarantee of that.
- Office of Community Engagement can help students find alternative spring and summer break programs.
Post-Bachelor's Planning: Career and Graduate School
W&M Financial Aid
Domicile (In-State Tuition)
- Students with DACA may qualify for in-state tuition. In-state versus out-of-state tuition rates are determined by domicile under the University Registrar’s Office. To be eligible for in-state rates, an individual (or the parent, legal guardian or spouse who provides financial support) must demonstrate residence in Virginia and an intent to remain in Virginia indefinitely to establish domicile in Virginia, then maintain domicile in Virginia for at least 12 months preceding the first day of classes. Under special circumstances Virginia domicile code allow us to consider a dependent student’s domicile separately from that of the parents when appropriate.
- The Office of the University Registrar handles domicile (in-state tuition) questions and applications.
- Any questions about domicile eligibility should be directed to the Registrar's Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 757-221-2800.
Reves Center works closely with the law firm McCandlish Holton of Richmond to provide support and assistance to DACA students on campus, including:
- Workshops/information sessions for DACA students (free)
- Answering individual questions (free)
- Comprehensive consultations and/or representation of individual students (reduced fee)
For information about a session or for a referral to an immigration attorney, please contact Steve Sechrist, Director of ISSP at email@example.com
Social Security Cards
Students on DACA with an EAD (employment authorization card) may apply to the Social Security Office for a Social Security Number (SSN). Reves Center website has information about the local SSA and SSN application procedures.
SSA's informational handout SSN Applications for DACA may also be helpful. If you encounter difficulty at the Social Security Office, contact the Reves Center and we can liaise on your behalf.
Federal and State Taxes
DACA students who earned income will be required to file income tax forms to the Internal Revenue Service under the same tax laws that residents follow. The Reves Center will have information and links to resources for tax filing on our webpage Filing your Taxes.
Specific tax-filing guidance for DACA students is available through United We Dream:
VA Driver's Licenses and State ID cards
DACA students are eligible to obtain a VA driver's license or state ID card. The Reves Center has informational about the local DMV Center and application procedures on our webpage Obtaining a Driver's License or State ID Card. For legal presence requirements, the DMV will require your I-797 showing approval of the I-821. For details see Virginia DMV.
If you encounter difficulty at the DMV Center, contact the Reves Center and we can liaise on your behalf.
Point People in Support Offices at W&M
- Reves Center - ISSP supports the university's international community of students, scholars, faculty, staff and their families. These include those on student, exchange and employment visas; permanent residents; third country nationals; persons with DACA; and US citizens who grew up abroad.
- Diversity & Inclusion - The Office of Diversity & Inclusion is committed to creating a College community that is representative and inclusive of individuals with different backgrounds, talents, and skills. For information, please contact [[dmatos,Dania Matos, Esq., Deputy Chief Diversity Officer]].
- Financial Aid
- Center for Student Diversity - The Center for Student Diversity serves as a vital link where students from diverse backgrounds can find a sense of community and everyone can learn about the diversity of our community. They can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Counseling Center - For students interested in a DACA Support Group, please contact Carina Sudarsky-Gleiser, Director, W&M Counseling Center at email@example.com
- Academic Advising
- Office of Community Engagement: They help students find spring, winter and summer break programs that are accessible regardless of immigration status.
- Dean of Students
- W&M Police