What is MAF's DACA Fee Assistance Program?

At MAF, we’re working to ensure that the $495 filing fee isn’t a financial barrier for those looking to renew or apply to DACA for the first time. In that spirit, MAF is currently accepting pre-applications for our DACA Fee Assistance program a $247.50 loan with a matching $247.50 grant that covers the $495 filing fee to apply for DACA. 

  • If approved, you will receive two checks for the total amount of $495 (one for $410 and one for $85) made out to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
  • Half of the funds ($247.50) is a grant and does not need to be repaid. The other half ($247.50) is a zero-interest loan.

Monthly payments of $24.75 will be automatically debited from your checking account for 10 months. Your loan payment activity won’t impact your credit history since this is not a credit-building loan. Additionally, MAF has a limited number of full grants we may be able to offer eligible applicants through our DACA Fee Assistance program. We encourage all interested individuals to submit a pre-application for MAF’s DACA Fee Assistance Program. Our team will be reviewing pre-applications on a rolling basis to determine what assistance we will be able to provide you. 

Finally, MAF also continues to offer our zero-interest, credit-building DACA loan. If you are interested in this program, we encourage you to learn more and apply by visiting our website.

For more information on additional DACA fee assistance, please see our FAQ article: Where can I find fee assistance for DACA?

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