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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Students who have been granted Deferred Action under the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ prosecutorial discretion may qualify to have the non-resident portion of their tuition waived via a tuition waiver. The student will remain classified as an “out-of-state” student for tuition purposes.  Once applied to a student’s account, the DACA non-resident tuition waiver will allow the student to pay the in-state tuition rate. 

Please note: Receipt of the DACA non-resident tuition waiver does not constitute designation as a Florida Resident for tuition purposes and does not qualify recipient for such designation in the future.

Students must meet the following criteria to be eligible to apply for a DACA non-resident tuition waiver:

  • Students admitted for/after Spring 2013 or currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program at FIU.
  • Have graduated from a Florida high school or
  • Have attended another Florida state college or university for the last 12 consecutive months before the first day of classes at FIU.


First Day of Classes

2013-2014 Academic Year

2014-2015 Academic Year

Fall 2013: August 26

Spring 2014: January 6

Summer A 2014: May 12

Summer B 2014: June 23

Summer C 2014: May 12

Fall 2014: August 25

Spring 2015: January 12

Summer A 2015: May 11

Summer B 2015: June 22

Summer C 2015: May 11

    • Submit a completed DACA non-resident tuition waiver application with the appropriate documentation prior to the first day of classes for the term the student would like to have the waiver applied.  A completed DACA non-resident tuition waiver application must be accompanied with an unexpired USCIS form I-797, Notice of Deferred Action. 
    • Completed DACA non-resident tuition waiver applications must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar:
  • MMC PC130 – Valerie Boza or German Cruz

    BBC ACI 100 – Newsoul Lapaix or Elza Brutus

    Form can be scanned and emailed to OneStop@fiu.edu.

    The DACA non-resident tuition waiver will be offered on a renewable two-year basis beginning on the date of the approved USCIS form I-797 notice. The waiver will apply to the current active enrollment term and to subsequent terms as long as the student qualifies for renewal. No retroactive reimbursement of tuition payments for previous terms will be made.

    Renewal Criteria:

    • Must maintain good academic standing, undergradute minimum term GPA of 2.0 and graduate minimum term GPA 3.0.
    • Present a renewed I-797 after the original document has expired to the Office of the Registrar. 

Tuition Assistance

Students who qualify under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) do not qualify for federal financial aid, state scholarship programs and University scholarships that are funded through the State budget allocations. DACA students may be eligible for private scholarships depending on the requirements of the individual program. Students are encouraged to use search engines such as fastweb.com, finaid.org, edupass.org and collegeboard.org. Additional information is available at www.finaid.org/otheraid/undocumented.phtml. Students may also want to speak with their advocate about opportunities available to assist in the financing of their college education.

Estimated Cost of Tuition for the Spring & Summer 2014 

*Cost of tuition below is subject to change.

Students who are awarded the DACA waiver can refer to the below chart as a reference to an estimate cost of tuition.

Summer 2014 tuition is due by May 20, 2014. Students ONLY enrolled in summer B, have until July 1, 2014 to pay for tuition. Students who have a balance after the deadline to pay will incurr a $100 Late Payment Fee which is not refundable.

Note: Fall 2014 tuition does not reflect the chart below and will be updated once the 2014-2015 tuition is confirmed. 

Please refer to the academic calendar for more important dates and deadlines. 

Number of Credits

Out of State Tuition (Tuition Differential Included)

Tuition waived

*Estimated cost of Tuition (Tuition Differential Included)









































































*Cost of tuition above is subject to change.

Tuition Differential has been included in the above estimate Cost of Tuition but is not covered by the DACA Tuition Waiver. Students are responsible for the cost of the Tuition Differential.

Fees Not Included: Athletic, Health, Parking, Photo ID, Flat Rate Fees, Online Fees, and other related fees applied by the university or departments are not included in the DACA Waiver.

For a further break down of the cost of tuition please refer to the student financials Tuition & Fees Information.

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