Undocumented Student Resources

Care is a central component of the PLU mission “to educate students for lives of thoughtful inquiry, service, leadership and care–for other people, for their communities, and for the earth.” This vow to care, rooted deeply in our Lutheran heritage, requires action and an unequivocal commitment to fight for social justice. This page is just one aspect of PLU’s ongoing commitment to advocate with and for undocumented students at PLU. We recognize and value your presence here and hope that this site serves to connect you to community members and support, resources on and off campus, and opportunities for engagement and advocacy.

Urgent Support & Resources

If you are a student that needs emergency housing because of the threat of deportation, please reach out to Campus Ministry at cmin@plu.edu (received by Pastor Jen Rude).  Campus Ministry is working with local faith communities to identify emergency sanctuary housing and can work with you to explore options.  Our University Pastor is also available if you just need a place to talk confidentially (rudejl@plu.edu).

Rights and Recommendations

The following resources provide basic information about knowing your rights in the U.S. and recommendations for increasing safety.

+ DACA Renewal

I am a current DACA recipient, what should I do now?

DACA Renewal Fee and Scholarships

Free Assistance with DACA Renewal 

Legal Resources

Contact information for local law offices doing immigration work.

+ Local Organizations

Northwest Immigrants Rights Project defends and advocates for the rights of immigrants through programing and direct services.

Seattle located OneAmerica® was formed directly after September 11, 2001 in response to the hate crimes and discrimination targeting Arabs, Muslims and South Asians. Called Hate Free Zone at the time, the organization expanded to organize and advocate with many diverse communities of color. OneAmerica has now grown into a leading force for immigrant, civil and human rights and offers a directory of resources including legal support.  Learn more on the OneAmerica resource website.

Seattle United for Immigrant and Refugee Families, The City of Seattle will offer FREE legal services and information for immigrant and refugee families. More information on the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs website.

The National Immigration Law Center (NILC) can help find a lawyer in your area.  Visit their website here.

+ Additional Legal Resources

Family Preparedness Plan – Developed by the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, this document allows families to devise a plan regardless of immigration status and provides recommendations for immigrants and families with mixed status.  This document is available in English and Espanol.

Real ID Act – Beginning January 22, 2018 all individuals traveling by airplane using a drivers license or any ID issued from WA state (and a few other states), will need an alternative form of identification or an enhanced ID.  Learn more on at TSA Fact Sheet.

If You Are An Immigrant (even a US Citizen), Here Are 9 Things You Should Know by Kuck Immigration Partners.

Financial Aid & Access to Course Materials

Although undocumented students are unable to qualify for federal student aid using the FAFSA, there are a number of scholarships at PLU and beyond to make attending a private college possible.  Additionally, faculty, staff, and students have been working to insure that access to course materials is not a barrier to student success through the development of the Lute Library and Course Reserves.  

+ Lute Library & Course Reserves

The Lute Library & Course Reserves seeks to build a library of current course materials (books, clickers, etc) to increase student accessibility to learning materials through the Library’s Course Reserves system. Course materials in the Lute Library are available for checkout at the library front desk. The length of checkout will depend on the faculty member, with 2hr and 24hr being the most frequent. If the item is on 2hr reserve, you can either read it in the library, photocopy the pages, or scan them to email at the printers available.

In alignment with the PLU4US campaign, in this first phase, we prioritized required textbooks for courses that undocumented students are enrolled in through a confidential process. In the coming phases our goal is to grow this resource to include course materials from as many classes as possible to reach the broad needs and interests of PLU students.

We encourage you to utilize this resource as an additional way to ensure you have access to your course materials by the first day of classes.

How to:

  1. Check online to see if your course books are available for in the Library’s Course Reserves. Each day we are getting additional faculty to add their books to the Lute Library. Please check back frequently for updated lists as we get closer to the school year.
  2. If your book is not available through Course Reserves, and you would like to seek alternative ways to receive the course content beyond purchasing the book, connect directly with your faculty.
  3. Undocumented Students: If your course book requires a code, and you seek financial assistance, please email Rebecca Rumpza in Student Life at rumpzari@plu.edu. Rebecca will schedule an appointment with you to order your code.

+ PLU Financial Aid

Undocumented students attending PLU are considered for the university’s academic and artistic achievement scholarships. Additionally, undocumented students who are also Washington residents may also be eligible for financial aid funding through the state of Washington, including the Washington State Need Grant, the Washington State College Bound Scholarship, and the Washington State Work Study program.  Please visit the Financial Aid Undocumented Student resource page for more information about PLU scholarships and completing the WAFSA.

+ Off Campus Resources

My Undocumented Life released their up to date curated list of scholarships for Undocumented Students. Visit their website here for more information.    (September, 2017).

Beyond HB1079 is a student leadership project founded at the University of Washington in 2012. In addition to an annual leadership conference, they prepare and annual scholarship list with Washington State scholarships, Nationwide scholarships, and Washington State Higher Education Institution Scholarships.  Visit the Beyond HB-1079 website under  Scholarships to view their full list for this year.

WACC VISTA Scholarship Resources: DREAMER Support Navigator Vista at Seattle Central Community College curated a 2017-2018 list of scholarships, organized by due date, available to students in Washington State.  Visit their website here for more information.

Educators for Fair Consideration’s mission is to empower undocumented young people to achieve educational and career goals. They released a 2016-2017 list of scholarships that do not require proof of US citizenship or legal residency. Check out this online document HERE.

Mental Health & Wellness

PLU is investing in training and engaging in shared learning to ensure our capacity to provide responsive mental health and health resources to all of our students, including undocumented students.

+ On-Campus Resources

Counseling Center:
AUC 3rd Floor
Mon – Fri:8:00am-5:00pm
The Counseling Center offers free counseling to all PLU students. To schedule an appointment, please call 253-535-7206 or come to our office.

Health Center
121st St. & Park Ave.
Tacoma, WA 98447-0003
Mon – Fri:8:00am-5:00pm

The Health Center Offers primary healthcare services to all PLU students. If this is your first time using the Health Center they recommend calling in to schedule your first visit. Call us at 253-535-7337 to schedule your first visit with us. If you have previously visited the Health Center you can easily request an appointment by logging into your MyChart account and going to the Visits tab. From there you can schedule, cancel, and view upcoming appointments with the Health Center 24/7.

+ Off Campus Resources

Mental Health Emergency Tool Kit designed by The UndocuHealth Project Emergency Toolkit was designed to alleviate not only the stress and anxiety of folks across the nation and keep ours families secure, but also to give the reader tools that will allow them to conduct safe zone events and incorporate stress reducing activities within their community work and daily lives.

Puentes mobilizes mental health resources to help undocumented migrants and their families cope and flourish despite our broken immigration system. They create innovating therapeutic spaces to promote social healing, the recovery of social agency, and engage community members to work towards immigration justice in the US.  For more information about their resources visit the Puentes website.

Study Away

The Wang Center offers students opportunity to study away both domestically and internationally experiences.  Currently, The Wang Center is advising students with DACA status not pursue study abroad opportunities until the future of the program is known.  For more questions please connect with Dr. Tamara Williams at williatr@plu.edu

+ Off-Campus Resources

NAFSA (the Association for International Educators) has provided up to date information about advising undocumented students interested in studying and traveling abroad.  The following links provide support and reference to advising students to not pursue study abroad opportunities until the future of DACA is known.

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Career Connections

Student with DACA are eligible to work on and off campus with work authorization documents. Most students choose to provide an I-766 (the card issued to undocumented individuals who are authorized to work temporarily in the U.S.) or I-551 (the Permanent Resident Card). A full list of documents can be found on Page 3 of the I-9 Form. Additionally, a Social Security number is required to fill out the W-4 form.

+ On Campus Resources

Career Connections is the office that supports students interested in exploring on and off campus employment.  On and off campus jobs can be found on the Career Connections Opportunities Board. If any student wants assistance looking for a job or wants assistance developing a resume and cover letter, please schedule an appointment with Career Connections.  Students who are offered and accept an on campus job will come to Ramstad 112 (M-F, 8a-5p, closed noon-1p for lunch) to fill out the I-9 and W-4 documents.

The Gold Group

The Gold Group forms part of the ongoing commitment to advocate with and for undocumented students at PLU. Created by undocumented students, for undocumented students, our group and our meetings provide a confidential space to connect with community members, share on and off-campus resources, and learn about opportunities for engagement, advocacy, leadership and more.

Meetings are held twice a month. For general questions about the group or information about membership, please contact us at undocu@plu.edu

Task Force working with and for Undocumented Students

The Task Force working with and for Undocumented Students advocates for undocumented students by coordinating campus trainings, connecting the community to on and off campus resources, and eliminating barriers to student success.  The following are members of the task force:

Gold Group Student Representatives
Joanna Royce-Davis, VP Student Life
Tamara Williams, Executive Director of the Wang Center
Giovanna Urdangarain, Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies
Adela Ramos, Associate Professor of English
Heidi Schutz, Assistant Professor of Biology
Emily Davidson, Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies
Nicole Juliano, Assistant Director of The Diversity Center
Diane Harris, Director of Circulation and Building Services Library Services
Ann Dodge, Circulation Coordinator Library Public Services

Faculty and Staff in Support of Undocumented Students

The following list is a directory of faculty, staff, and students who stand in solidarity with undocumented students.  All of the people listed in this document have attended a workshop led by Leadership Without Borders or Puentes and would like to be identified as people in support for undocumented students.

Those who have attended a training have also been invited to post the image on the left on their office doors and spaces.

Defending Dreamers – Toolkit for University Leaders  

This resource, shared by colleagues at Leadership Without Borders at UW includes:

  • Implications for in-state tuition and state aid
  • Concerns for undocumented students in a campus environment
  • How the higher education community can support permanent protections for Dreamers


For questions regarding the Gold Group, resources for undocumented students, future training sessions, or donations to the PLU4US Campaign, please visit the Diversity Center or write us at undocu@plu.edu

A member of the Task Force working with and for Undocumented Students will respond to your inquiry as quickly as possible.