The University of Virginia Lets Illegal Immigrant Students Skip Out on Enrollment Deposit

University of Virginia
by Ben Zeisloft


The University of Virginia is permitting “undocumented” students to waive their $400 enrollment deposits.

On April 27, undocUVA — a student activist group — called on the university to “do better” in extending financial aid to classmates illegally present in the United States.

“Matriculating marginalized students without providing adequate resources for them is a strategy of exclusion,” said an undocUVA statement.

According to the group, after speaking to University of Virginia Vice Provost for Enrollment Steve Farmer, the students were informed that “any undocumented student or student with DACA status who has been admitted” can email the admissions office to “have their enrollment deposit waived.” Students do not need to disclose their citizenship status in order to take advantage of the program.

Indeed, the University of Virginia’s Students Financial Sources hosts a website entitled “Financial Resources for Undocumented Students.”

“Undocumented students or students with significant financial need are eligible for enrollment fee waivers,” reads the website, which directs students to the admissions office.

“Even though financial aid through UVA is not available to students with undocumented status, there are financial resources out there to help you plan how to fund your education,” continues the site. “We’ll be adding to this resource regularly as we become aware of more options that might be available to you.”

The university’s website encouraged students to “follow undocUVA” on social media: “This active student organization has created a list of scholarships for which undocumented and DACA students are eligible.”

Members of undocUVA thanked those who had reposted their statement and pressured the university, as “this response would not have happened without you.”

In the past, members of undocUVA have reportedly pushed members of the Virginia General Assembly to pass new financial aid opportunities to illegal immigrants.

In June of 2020, the University of Virginia unveiled for the first time that it would permit illegal immigrant students to apply and enroll.

Campus Reform reached out to the University of Virginia and undocUVA for comment; this article will be updated accordingly.

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Ben Zeisloft is a Campus Reform Student Editor and Pennsylvania Senior Campus Correspondent, reporting on liberal bias and abuse for Campus Reform. He is studying Finance and Marketing at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Benjamin also writes for The UPenn Statesman and the Wharton International Business Review.
Photo “University of Virginia campus” by Daniel Latorre CC 2.0.



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  1. John Bumpus

    There are millions and millions of good people in Virginia. The problem is, beginning about ten or fifteen years ago (about the time Republican, George Allen, lost his bid for re-election to the U. S. Senate), the left-wing ‘carpetbaggers,’ who for years had been moving into and ultimately became the overwhelmingly predominant political force in the D. C. suburbs of Northern Virginia, ‘took over’ the Commonwealth. First, it was the U. S. Senate seats, then the Governorship, and finally, about two or three years ago it was the General Assembly, both Houses. Virginia has always had a ‘strong’ Governor vis-à-vis its General Assembly (unlike the political situation in Tennessee which is, more or less, the reverse). So, even if the Virginia General Assembly returns to Republican control, which becomes more and more unlikely with each passing year, the Dem Governors of the Commonwealth now have a ‘stranglehold’ on the politics of the State. (There is an ‘object lesson’ here for the Tennessee General Assembly—that is, enact necessary state constitutional measures now, while you still can, instead of delaying to some indefinite time in the future).

    So, back to the University of Virginia. UVa is governed by a Board of Visitors, who are appointed by the Governor. The BoV does what it is told, or they are ‘out.’ What do you expect a UVa BoV appointed by the likes of a Dem Governor Terry McAuliffe or a Ralph Northam would do on almost any political issue of the day? (This also should be an object lesson for the Tennessee General Assembly vis-à-vis its state funded institutions of higher education.) This is all so sad for me—a UVa alumnus—but political facts are facts.