Undocumented Students

As a proud contributor to the Power of SUNY, SUNY Ulster stands with SUNY Chairman H. Carl McCall and Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson in their support of students with undocumented citizenship status as outlined in their statement on the Repeal of DACA, dated September 5, 2017.

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Our Commitment to You

SUNY Ulster’s strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is evident in all aspects of college life. We achieve our vision of respect for all by adopting inclusive policies, facilitating dialogue on diversity issues, and providing opportunities to expand our understanding of each other. We embrace diversity to create a more welcoming and inclusive learning and working environment that values, respects and cares for all our members.

SUNY Ulster supports all students, including DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, also referred to as Dreamers), Immigrant and International students. We believe that the pursuit of education is a fundamental right that should be available to all, and we support students as they work toward this goal, regardless of immigration status.

We Welcome Your Application

If you are an undocumented student or one who is temporarily protected by the DACA, we welcome your application for admission and your contributions to making campus life more diverse, complete, and enriching.  Please be assured that SUNY Ulster does not label or monitor undocumented students, and we will not release identifying information about our faculty, staff or students to any officials unless ordered to do so by law.  Moreover, colleges are considered sensitive locations and, as such, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have policies stipulating that sensitive locations should generally be avoided from enforcement actions taking place, and require either prior approval from an appropriate supervisory official or exigent circumstances necessitating immediate action.  The Department of Homeland Security is committed to ensuring that people seeking to participate in activities or utilize services provided at any sensitive location are free to do so without fear or hesitation.

Additional Information

Admission counselors at SUNY Ulster are ready to provide additional information about the application process and requirements for those seeking to qualify for in-state tuition.  While DACA students are not eligible for federal or state financial aid, they are welcomed to apply for scholarships and other support through the Ulster Community College Foundation, Inc. by contacting Sheila Dvorak Galione at dvorakgs@sunyulster.edu.  Scholarship applications are available at  www.sunyulster.edu/scholarshipapp. In addition, there is a scholarship entitled: SUNYFAP Aspirations Scholarship for DREAMers currently enrolled in college available to all SUNY students for $1000, and it is being sponsored by SUNY Financial Aid professionals.  The deadline is March 26th

If any student, faculty or staff wants to learn more about DACA or share concerns related to diversity, equity or inclusion on campus, contact Lorraine Lopez-Janove, Chief Diversity Officer, at lopezjal@sunyulster.edu. You may also contact the following faculty and staff who can provide additional support and information to DACA students and others who are interested in serving as allies:

We have also provided links to websites that are helpful in answering general questions pertaining to DACA immigration policies:






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