Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) & Undocumented Student Support

Washington and Lee University is a community that celebrates and honors students from diverse backgrounds. Our University, along with hundreds of other universities across the country , is committed to supporting all students and their academic pursuits regardless of immigration or citizenship status.

On Nov. 21, 2016, Washington and Lee joined a group of more than 600 colleges and universities in a call for the United States to uphold and continue the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program, calling it a "moral imperative" and a "national necessity." The presidents of the public and private institutions who have signed the statement offered to meet with U.S. leaders on the issue and urged business, civic, religious and non-profit sectors to join them in supporting DACA and undocumented immigrant students.

Please see the Statement in Support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) Program and our Undocumented Immigrant Students.

Read the Complete Statement


Financial Aid

Undocumented students considering applying to W&L are also eligible and encouraged to apply for financial aid. Learn more on the Financial Aid website.

Immigrant Rights Clinic

The Immigrant Rights Clinic (“IRC”) at Washington & Lee School of Law has historically supported non-citizen students at the university. The IRC regularly assists DACA students with renewing their applications and work permits. Moreover, the Clinic has assisted students wishing to travel abroad to understand whether such a possibility exists. The IRC also regularly assists undocumented students and their families to gather information about whether there might be an avenue to regularize their status. The IRC does not represent students in their cases, but we serve as a key source of information. All conversations with the IRC are confidential and will not be shared – including the identity of the individual who sought out the conversation. We encourage students to reach out with any questions they may have.

Visit the Immigrant Rights Clinic website.

Contact: Matthew Boaz (Visiting Director of the Immigrant Rights Clinic and Professor of Practice)

Phone: 540-458-4238


Office: 333 Lewis Hall