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Latest Developments

  • Apply for the 2023–24 HOPE Scholarship
    The Helping Others’ Personal Excellence (HOPE) Scholarship is a student-initiated fee that provides funds for students who demonstrate financial need yet do not otherwise qualify for financial aid. Illinois Student Government and I-CAUSE created and implemented this scholarship in 2020. This scholarship fund—a commitment by students, for students—is intended to help alleviate some of the […]
  • Final Rule on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program Released
    On August 24, 2022, the Department of Homeland Security released a final rule on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which preserves and fortifies the existing DACA program with minor changes. The name, eligibility criteria, application process, and cost remain the same as the current DACA program. However, due to the July 2021 Fifth […]
  • Reflections on the Tenth Anniversary of DACA
    On June 15, 2012, President Barack Obama signed an executive memorandum that announced the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. This administrative relief protects eligible immigrants who came to the United States when they were children from deportation. DACA gives recipients: 1) protection from deportation, and 2) a work permit. In the 10 years […]

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