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Does Cornell offer aid for undocumented students?
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Undergraduates who are granted DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) status by the federal government will be considered domestic students by Cornell University for the purposes of admissions and financial aid, and thus are eligible for need-blind admissions and need-based financial aid like any U.S. citizen or permanent resident.


In light of the September 5, 2017, announcement by the Trump Administration that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is being rescinded, President Pollack issued a statement about Cornell's support for our students with DACA status. She included the following information for students with DACA status who receive financial aid:


"All currently enrolled undergraduate students who had DACA status will continue to be considered in the 'domestic' financial aid pool (need-based, meeting full demonstrated need) for the remainder of their Cornell undergraduate program."

While federal and state financial aid (including grants, loans, and federal work-study) is not available for DACA students, Cornell University provides institutional financial aid in place of federal/state grants and loans; summer savings and academic-year work may be included in the financial aid package, and DACA students are expected to obtain federal work authorization as part of their federal DACA status. Undergraduate students with DACA status will be charged non-resident tuition.


Details on applying for aid as a student with DACA status can be found here.


Cornell University provides financial aid on a limited basis to international and undocumented students without DACA status. Details on applying for aid as a student without DACA status can be found here.

Graduate Education

Information on funding for students enrolled in the Graduate School can be found here.

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