UW Student Government Steps Up To Support DACA Students

Sep 18, 2017

Credit ASUW

The University of Wyoming student government has helped set up an emergency fund for DACA students.


After Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program would be rescinded, the Department of Homeland Security stopped accepting new applications. But those who already have DACA status still have an opportunity to re-apply, and the application has a fee.


Ben Wetzel, the University of Wyoming student body president, said  “for a student in college who hasn’t been prepared to have to come up with $500 to pay for an application on short notice can be a rather extensive burden on their financial matters.”


Wetzel said that student government wanted to ease that burden.


“So we worked with financial aid to assist in setting up an emergency loan fund for those students to receive funding, and pay for it and then pay it back to the university once that application has gone through.”


More information on how to apply can be found through the university’s Student Financial Aid Office.