Undocumented & DACA Applicants

Since its founding in 1855, Bates College has welcomed students regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, and economic background. Bates’ commitment to affordability and accessibility is a direct extension of the ethical vision that inspired the college’s founders. Having always stood firmly for the ideals of academic rigor, intellectual curiosity, egalitarianism, social justice, and freedom, Bates encourages first-year and transfer applications from all students interested in the college, regardless of citizenship or immigration status.


The Office of Admission will consider undocumented and DACA students as domestic applicants and their applications will be evaluated accordingly.

Undocumented and DACA students will follow the same application process as those of domestic first-year or transfer applicants, and are welcome to share relevant narratives unique to their circumstances.

Financial Aid

  • As with all students, Bates will meet 100% of demonstrated financial need for those admitted to the college, regardless of citizenship or immigration status. The financial aid package will consist of grant aid and on-campus employment, for those who qualify.
  • To apply for financial aid, undocumented and DACA students must submit the College Board PROFILE and provide federal tax returns or other income verification to Student Financial Services.
  • For more information related to financial aid services and our policy regarding undocumented & DACA applicants, please see here.