Dreamers in Miami-Dade County Can Pursue Their Passions at UM

By Jennifer Palma

Dreamers in Miami-Dade County Can Pursue Their Passions at UM

By Jennifer Palma
Qualified high school students in Miami-Dade may be eligible for full tuition funding through the new need-based program.

For the first time, the University of Miami will recognize a group of exceptional and academically accomplished high school students with one of the University's most selective academic opportunities—The U Dreamers program.

The need-based program will assist with tuition and fees for up to four years to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students in Miami-Dade County. The program is intended to meet the full demonstrated need of students admitted and selected for this esteemed recognition.

“We are committed to providing all admitted students with an opportunity to pursue their dreams at the University of Miami. Ensuring that Miami-Dade Dreamers are an integral part of our richly diverse and vibrant campuses is vital to our community,” said UM President Julio Frenk.

The annual program will serve as one of the most prestigious awards for high school graduates interested in pursuing their education at the University of Miami.

“Many of our difference makers come from Miami-Dade County. Through the U Dreamers program, we are recognizing applicants who are not eligible for federal financial aid,” said John Haller, Vice President of Enrollment Management. “Through this program, some of our future leaders of tomorrow can experience ‘The Opportunity of Miami’.”

The U Dreamers program will help cover tuition and fees, on-campus room and board, a meal plan, and University health insurance.

To be considered for the U Dreamers program, candidates must have obtained DACA status in order to apply as freshman applicants to the University of Miami no later than January 1 of their senior year. Interested students can visit www.miami.edu/dreamers for more information regarding the scholarship, including deadlines and requirements.

In addition to the U Dreamers program, the University is working toward a goal of providing financial aid to meet 100 percent of undergraduate student need. According to U.S. News and World Report’s 2017 “Best Colleges” rankings, students at UM are graduating with the fifth lowest amount of debt among top private research universities.