Admission Steps for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Students

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Students or applicants who need to submit documentation to International Student Services should do this via the secure Electronic Document Submission Process or mailed to International Student Services/Center for the Global Learner at Durham Tech (1637 E. Lawson St, Durham, NC 27703). 

Please feel free to email the International Student Advisors with any questions regarding your immigration status and beyond, and we will do our best to support you via email or virtual meetings during this complicated time.

A virtual advising meeting is available to any current students or prospective applicants every Thursday at 11 a.m. via Zoom. Join us here (password: CGL)

admissions-step-1.gifComplete an online applicationView information about enrollment due dates.

Part of the application process involves completing the residency determination to establish if students qualify for in-state or out-of-state tuition. Respond "NO" to the first question of “Do you claim to be a North Carolina resident?”. For assistance completing the residency application, contact the Residency Determination Service (RDS) at 919-835-2290 or visit

admissions-step-2.gifSubmit Proof of Completion of a Degree (High School or the Equivalent, or a College Degree)

Any documents not in English must be accompanied by an official English Translation.

  • Official high school degree/diploma/national test scores showing completion or Official college/university degree or diploma

  • For transfer credit for college courses taken in the U.S., submit an official transcript to Admissions, Registration, and Records  (Wynn Center, Building 10, room 10-201).

admissions-step-3.gifSubmit Official Proof of your Approval for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA)

Submit the documents to International Student Services located in Building 1, room 1-148 of Durham Tech’s Main Campus. Copies of documents can also be submitted by mail to Durham Tech, International Student Services, 1637 E. Lawson St, Durham, NC 27703.

  • Valid EAD (work permit)

  • Valid Approval notice from USCIS (Form I-821)

admissions-step-4.gifComplete a ConnectSession (recommended, not required)

 admissions-step-5.gif Take Placement Tests (English, Math, Computer, and English Speaking, if needed)

  • If you have adequate AP, SAT, or ACT scores or college level English taken in the US, you may not need to take tests.

  • Talk to an advisor to see if you need any placement testing. Some recent US high school graduates do not need to take tests.

  • All students who need English testing must take the Accuplacer ESL test (reading, language use, sentence meaning, and listening).

  • After English testing, meet with an EFL Advisor in the CGL for an evaluation of your test scores. EFL classes may be required

  • Health Technologies program applicants should consult with a Health Tech advisor to go over additional testing requirements.

  • Testing is in Wynn Center (Building 10), room 10-300. Bring a photo ID and your student ID number. Schedules and prep materials are online.

admissions-step-6.gifMeet with an Advisor and Register for Courses

  • If you placed into EFL through placement testing – an EFL Advisor will register you for classes.

  • If you placed out of EFL - you may need additional testing before you meet with an Academic Advisor. 

  • If you did not need English placement testing due to AP, SAT, or ACT scores or college English credit, meet with an Academic Advisor.

    Online advising is available for all students. Students must meet with an advisor every semester before registering for courses..

admissions-step-7.gif Pay for Courses - If you do not pay by your registration deadline, your courses will be dropped.

  • As a DACA student, you will be charged out-of-state tuition rates.

  • If you have an employer willing to sponsor your tuition at the in-state rate, you must bring the required documentation at least one week prior to the registration payment deadline.

  • Durham Tech now offers a tuition payment plan.

admissions-step-8.gif Scholarships

For appointments or questions, call the Center for the Global Learner at 919-536-7264, ext. 3228 or email