Resources for Undocumented Students

Are you an undocumented student?

The Student Counseling Service at Texas A&M University welcomes you! We are looking forward to assisting you in meeting your academic, career, and personal needs as you adjust to college life and pursue your educational goals.

Below you will find information and resources that may be helpful as you transition into college life. Whether you are just beginning your college career or are about to graduate, there is usually a significant amount of stress in adapting to a university experience. This transition can lead to several challenges, including academic, social, physical, financial, emotional, and relational.

Counseling may not be something you are familiar with, may have hesitations about, or may have not been part of your cultural upbringing. Yet it can be valuable to your university experience in many ways. Meeting with a counselor the first time can help you understand how the challenges of being an undocumented student may be affecting your well-being or functioning. Together, you and your counselor can begin to look at a plan for your emotional care. 

Counselors at the Student Counseling Service are equipped to support undocumented students with concerns such as:

  • Stressors associated with citizenship status
  • Impact of status on sense of security
  • Your feelings about your status
  • Your “coming out’ process and decisions related to who to trust
  • Difficult adjustment to the university environment
  • Uncertainty about your major or future
  • Excessive worry or inability to concentrate
  • Difficulty with sleep
  • Relationship problems
  • Family concerns
  • Low mood or depression
  • Couples therapy (if both partners are current TAMU students)
  • Sexual orientation or gender identity/ expression concerns
  • Overall health and wellness

Services We Provide: 

Individual Personal Counseling: Facilitate self-discovery, self-confidence, improve relationships and achieve educational goals. Get help making good decisions for emotional, intellectual, physical, and spiritual well-being. Couples therapy is also available.

Career Counseling: Increase awareness of interests, abilities, values, and personality characteristics as they apply to the workplace and explore possible majors of study. Consider the impact of citizenship status and/ or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) approval on career goals.

First Generation College Students: This group is for students who are the first in their immediate family to attend college.  It provides support, understanding, and helpful suggestions to assist students deal with the personal, social, familial, financial, and academic challenges unique to first generation college students. Group availability varies be semester.  Please contact us to express interest.

International Student Discussion Group: This group is for students who identify as an international student or who may relate to the experience of being an international student. It provides support, understanding, and suggestions from other international students. Members can share learning experiences and resources, and connect with others from around the world.  Group availability varies be semester.  Please contact us to express interest.

Stress Management and Biofeedback Training: Learn to calm your mind, increase focus and help concentration.

Crisis Intervention: During office hours, walk to the SCS at  Student Services @ White Creek, or take bus route #3, across from the White Creek Apartments, if you need to speak to someone urgently. After 4:00 p.m. and on weekends, call the SCS HelpLine at 979.845.2700.

Register on-line to receive any of our services.

Additional Resources:

Student Counseling Service Support Groups:

First Generation College Students Group
International Student Discussion Group

Local Resources:

TAMU, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals— http://iss.tamu.edu/Current-Students/Deferred-Action

TAMU International Student Services—http://iss.tamu.edu

Council  for Minority Student Affairs— https://www.facebook.com/CMSA.TAMU

Brazos Interfaith Immigration Network - https://www.facebook.com/BIIN.info?ref=br_tf

State Resources:

Texas Dream Alliance - https://www.facebook.com/TexasDreamAlliance

National Resources:

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals - www.uscis.gov/childhoodarrivals

Educators For Fair Consideration (E4FC) – http://www.e4fc.org

Immigrant Legal Resource Center -- www.ilrc.org

National Immigrant Justice Center -- www.immigrantjustice.org

National Immigration Law Center -- www.nilc.org

Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund -- http://www.maldef.org

My Undocumented Life -- https://mydocumentedlife.org

Scholarships a-z– www.scholarshipsaz.org

United We Dream http://unitedwedream.org/