Last month, legislation introduced by Senator Diane Feinstein temporarily stopped his family's deportation.
Now they've realized that the 17-year-old's choices are limited when it comes to college. Like other students who are not U.S. citizens, he cannot get state or federal loans to go to U.C. Davis where he was accepted.
Mkoyan plans to major in chemistry.
His father is working with an attorney trying to get his deportation case reopened. As long as the legislation remains in Congress the government cannot send the family back to Armenia.