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DACA Information

Students who qualify for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) are welcome at Drake University and encouraged to apply for admission.

Below are several resources that may be useful as you navigate the university experience. 

 Prosepctive students please contact Anne Kremer, dean of admission ( for more information.

College Advising Guide for Undocumented Students

A comprehensive guide designed to provide assistance to high school counselors and other individuals who work with undocumented students. Contents include:

Note - some resources are specific to the State of Illinois


Resource Guide: Supporting Undocumented Youth

This guide, provided by the U.S. Department of Education 


New Legislation

Information on new legislation for Dreamers

 Resources for DACA Recipients

  • DACA recipients can find a variety of Iowa immigration service providers through the Iowa Department of Human Rights website.
  • Patricia Houlihan, Interim Director of Clinical Programs for the Drake Law School Neal & Bea Smith Legal Clinic can be contacted about DACA inquiries at 515-271-2824.
  • Iowa Justice For Our Neighbors (JFON) is an inter-denominational immigration advocacy organization based in Des Moines.  JFON provides free legal aid in their Des Moines office and in clinics across the state. 

 Resources for DACA Recipients

  • DACA renewal fee resources
  • DACA students can contact Tony Tyler, Director of Student Engagement, Equity, and Inclusion, at 515-271-3677, regarding any scholarship questions.

 Your Rights

Resources for understanding your rights when encountering federal immigration agents or law enforcement

Health and Wellness Resources for DACA Recipient Students

  • DACA students can submit an anonymous inquiry using Drake’s Ethics Point service. Upon receipt of an inquiry, a response will be sent to the originating party back through the Ethics Point site.    
  • For confidential counseling support, DACA students can contact the University Counseling Center at 515-271-3864. 

Immigration Facts

Ally Resources

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