Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is an American immigration policy that allows certain undocumented immigrants who entered the country before their 16th birthday and before June 2007 to receive a renewable two-year work permit and exemption from deportation.

Application to the PharmD program-USC School of Pharmacy

There are no barriers to prevent an undocumented applicant from applying.

Certiphi Background Check

The student’s DACA status does not impact the background check and vice versa. The background check will be conducted on all addresses the applicant has lived, namely the addresses of residence within the U.S. However, we will also attempt to obtain an international police clearance (i.e. international criminal search via the local police) for the international country.

Intern License-California Board of Pharmacy

Immigration status is not a requirement for licensure. These students would need to have either a U.S. Social Security number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) to apply for the intern license.

SB 1159 requires the board to accept either an ITIN or an SSN. More information on this recently enacted legislation can be found at

Financial Aid-University Park Campus

There is no policy from the Department of Education regarding federal loans and undocumented students since they are not eligible for those programs. Students seeking out private student loans would have to review the criteria with the lender directly.

More information on some private loans that are available can be found here:

Pharmacy Scholarships-Pharmacy Financial Aid

There are no barriers to prevent an undocumented applicant from applying

IPPE and APPE Placements

Placements in Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE) and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) may be affected by this status and will be handled on a case-by-case basis.