International, DACA, & Undocumented Students
The University of Utah School of Medicine welcomes and supports all students without regard to their immigration status, including students with or without Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration status or those who are otherwise undocumented.
The UUSOM MD admissions process is identical for domestic, international, DACA, and undocumented students.
All applicants must complete all prerequisite coursework and earn a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in the United States or Canada to be considered for admission.
All applicants will receive a full review of their file, regardless of citizenship or immigration status.
- Students with international, DACA, and undocumented status are not eligible for Title IV federal and state financial aid, however, they will be eligible to apply and be considered for University of Utah institutional scholarships. Many students apply for private loans to cover their cost of attendance.
Residency status for tuition purposes and seat placement will be determined at the time of application by each applicant's legal state/province of residence as indicated on their AMCAS application. Applicants are responsible for selecting their correct legal state of residence on their AMCAS application.
Only applicants who have listed “Utah” as their legal state residence on their AMCAS application and are classified as a non-resident at time of application can petition for in-state classification with the Graduate Admissions Office upon admittance.
Tuition Waiver for Accepted Students
Upon acceptance, international, DACA, and undocumented students will be considered non-residents or international residents, but may qualify for reduced tuition through a non-resident tuition waiver.
Qualifying students will continue to be classified as non-residents or international residents, however will only be required to pay the resident tuition rate. There are two non-resident tuition waivers available for students:
For more information on qualifying for House Bill 144 or House Bill 118 non-resident tuition waivers, Q&A, and contact information please visit the U of U Non-Resident Tuition Waiver website.
Applicants may be eligible for the AAMC Fee Assistance Program if - prior to completing the FAP application - they are a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, lawful permanent resident (LPR) of the United States (also known as a green card holder), granted refugee or asylee status by the U.S. government, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient, or person awaiting refugee or asylee status approval by the U.S. government and have a U.S. Employment Authorization Document (EAD card).
The benefits of the Fee Assistance Program include: discounted fees, complimentary access to the Medical School Admissions Requirements (MSAR) online database, free MCAT Official Prep products and more.
Immigrants Rising provides resources and support to undocumented young people to help them get an education, pursue careers, and build a brighter future for themselves and their community. Their website features comprehensive information on available scholarships for students.
Some scholarships include:
The Pre-Health Dreamers community is a network of over 1000 health career focused undocumented students. Among other resources, they have developed a consolidated list of health professions-specific opportunities for students.
The Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) exists to unite and empower current and future physicians through service, mentorship, and education to advocate for the improved health of the Hispanic & Latina/o/x community in the United States.
This tip sheet features general information as well as links to scholarship resources and eligibility information.