TheDream.US FAQs

TheDream.US Scholarship Program FAQs

What does my Dream.US National Award at Oglethorpe cover?

Your scholarship covers all of your tuition and basic student fees for 4 years if you are a first-time college student, or 2 years if you are a Community College graduate. Basic fees include your $250 orientation fee your first semester, your $140 student activity fee each semester, and your enrollment deposit.  You will also receive a $500 annual stipend from TheDream.US to be used towards housing, books, or other costs.

What will I have to pay to Oglethorpe as a Dream.US scholar?

Your scholarship does not cover room and board costs or lab fees, overload fees, or any other fees not covered in the above description.  Students who do not meet the qualifications for an exemption from on-campus housing are required to live on campus for at least 3 of their 4 years at OU, and their scholarship does not include these costs.  We will prioritize low-cost housing for scholars who request it by the priority housing deadline.  Commuter students will also be responsible for paying their $225 commuter meal plan fee per semester, 100% of which is loaded onto your Petrel Pass so that you may eat in the dining hall or the on-campus Starbucks.  Students taking a science course with a lab or certain art courses may also have to pay a $100 lab fee as part of their bill to cover materials needed for the class.

Can I stack my Dream.US scholarship with my Oglethorpe scholarships?

No, your full tuition award includes any scholarships you may have already been offered by Oglethorpe, and the awards cannot be stacked.  You will be receiving additional funding from OU to bring your total aid to a full-tuition plus basic fees award, so you cannot stack any merit scholarships on top of a full-tuition award.  However, if you receive any additional scholarships from outside groups or foundations, you are welcome to stack those on top of your full tuition award or use them to cover other educational expenses.

Here is a list of undergraduate scholarships that do not require proof of citizenship or legal permanent residency.

Can I work on campus to earn extra money?

Students who have work authorization are welcome to apply for on-campus jobs that do not receive funding from the Federal Work-Study Program. While on-campus positions for undocumented students are unfortunately limited, there are some opportunities available.

  • For DACA recipients, there are a number of on-campus jobs listed on Handshake that you can apply for throughout the year as long as they do not receive funding from the Federal Work-Study Program.
  • For those without DACA, there are fewer options available, but some opportunities do exist. For example, students who have lived in the dorms for one year can apply to be an RA and receive a discounted housing rate. There are also a few possible other options listed below.
  • Here is a list of potential opportunities for undocumented students put together by Immigrants Rising. It could provide ideas for off-campus work that focuses on professional services and opportunities in the Gig economy.
  • There are also internship opportunities at local non-profits like the Latin American Association that can potentially provide credit and experience (and sometimes payment).
  • Financial struggles are a constant challenge and this list of opportunities will continue to be a work in progress. For more information, feel free to reach out to Peter Dye (pdye@oglethorpe.edu).

What is a scholar advisor?

A scholar advisor is someone to help you out on campus related to the specific needs and experiences of recipients of the TheDream.US scholarship. As much as everyone at Oglethorpe is eager to support your studies, they may not always know everything about your scholarship or the specific experiences of Dreamers. Your advisor is someone you can come to when you have questions about your scholarship, getting connected with other students, or even if you just need someone to talk to about other issues in your college life and aren’t sure where to go. Your Dream.US scholar advisor at Oglethorpe is Peter Dye, and you can contact him with any questions or concerns at pdye@oglethorpe.edu.

Are there ways that I can connect with other Dreamers on campus?

Yes! Check OUConnect for information about student organizations and upcoming events related to DACA-mented and undocumented students. Your scholar advisor (Peter Dye, pdye@oglethorpe.edu) can also help connect you with a representative from a student organization or an upperclassman that may have insights and experience related to your needs and questions.