Southern New Hampshire University is in the business of hope. That's why, with generous support from TheDream.US and The Shapiro Foundation, we're setting out to help 1,000 DACA students earn their degrees.

A Program For the Dreamers

Southern New Hampshire University partners with on-the-ground community organizations to offer associate and bachelor's degree programs through its competency-based education pathway, College for America. Here's how it works:

  • Tuition. This initiative provides full scholarships to DACA students to pursue an education with Southern New Hampshire University.
  • Projects. Develop valuable skills and knowledge by working on creative real-world projects, rather than sitting through classes and exams.
  • Mastery. Earn your degree by mastering defined skills/competencies, setting your pace and accelerating through material you already know.


Onsite support

Personalized coaching and advising, connections with employers, peer relationships, and other student support services.

AA & BA college degrees

Broadly-applicable, work-relevant degrees in management, communications, healthcare and general studies.

Flexible, 24/7 access

24/7 access and a project-based curriculum allows flexibility for students who often work and support their families.

Accredited university

Southern New Hampshire University, founded in 1932, is a private, nonprofit, regionally accredited institution.

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Scholarship Eligibility Criteria

You must have a current DACA or TPS authorization or must have applied for renewal of your DACA or TPS authorization and be able to provide either your authorization or a USCIS receipt for your renewal application.

  • 89%

    Say their College for America work builds skills for their current job.

  • 96%

    Would recommend College for America to others.

  • 92%

    Say their College for America work helps them for future employment.