2016 School Financial Aid Policies Towards Undocumented Students

Currently, at least 18 states have provisions allowing for in-state tuition rates for undocumented students.  Sixteen states—California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Washington—extend in-state tuition rates to undocumented students through state legislation. Two states—Oklahoma and undocumented studentsRhode Island—allow in-state tuition rates to undocumented students through Board of Regents decisions. In 2013, the University of Hawaii’s Board of Regents and the University of Michigan’s Board of Regents adopted similar policies for undocumented students to access in-state tuition at those institutions. In April 2014, Virginia’s attorney general started granting in-state tuition to those covered under the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.  
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At least five states—California, Minnesota, New Mexico, Texas and Washington—currently allow undocumented students to receive state financial aid.

Three states—Arizona, Georgia and Indiana—specifically prohibit in-state tuition rates for undocumented students, and two states—Alabama and South Carolina— prohibit undocumented students from enrolling at any public postsecondary institution.

Finally, many private colleges use private institutional aid to cover financial aid for undocumented students. In spring of 2015, Tufts and Emory joined the ranks of private colleges providing significant aid to dreamers. Many public colleges in CA are doing the same.  http://undoc.universityofcalifornia.edu/financial-aid.html

For the following chart, we went to each college’s website to verify the information. For some, we had to contact the colleges. Many do not publicly post policies for undocumented students, making it hard for them to find out whether the schools are friendly.

Institution State Financial Assistance for Undocumented Students
Amherst College© Massachusetts Admission  If you are an undocumented or DACA student, you should follow the same first-year or transfer application process as any other student.  Amherst is one of the few colleges in the United States following a need-blind admission policy for all candidates, regardless of citizenship or immigration status. So that we may evaluate your application within the most accurate context, we encourage you to share relevant information about your unique circumstances with us.

Financial Aid  Amherst is committed to meeting 100% of the full demonstrated financial need ofevery admitted student, regardless of citizenship or immigration status.  Our financial aid packages for non-U.S. citizens include on-campus employment and institutional grant aid, without loan. In circumstances where students are unable to fulfill work expectations, Amherst may replace the employment contribution with loan.  To apply for financial aid, undocumented and DACA students must submit the College Board PROFILE and federal tax returns or income verification, as requested by our Office of Financial Aid. Please consult the Amherst College Financial Aid website for additional information on applying for financial aid.

Arizona State University Arizona No financial aid provided.
Bard College© New York Considered as international students. 21% are international, which includes undocumented. Grants are awarded on the basis of financial need, academic achievement and promise. Scholarships range from $5,000 to $25,000 for full-time enrollment. File Certification of Finances and International Student Financial Aid Form. http://www.bard.edu/admission/applying/international/
Bates College© Maine Considered as international students. Will meet the full need of the student for the duration of his/her college career if admitted. Must apply for financial aid when applying for admission. Must complete the Bates Financial Statement for International Students and send a Wage Statement from each working parent’s employer. No financial assistance for transfer students. http://www.bates.edu/admission/apply/international-students/
Bowdoin College Maine Considered as international students. Eligibility for grant assistance is “need-based,” determined through analysis of income, asset and tax information submitted on the CSS Profile and federal income tax returns. Does not offer merit based scholarships or grants of any kind. Competition for funding is intense and funding is limited. Financial aid is very occasionally available for transfer students and the competition is quite intense. http://www.bowdoin.edu/admissions/apply/international-students.shtml
Brown University© Rhode Island Must self-identify as undocumented and request aid at time of application submission. Should apply for financial aid at the time of admission. Eligibility for the aid is solely based in financial need (will meet 100% of the need) http://www.brown.edu/about/administration/financial-aid/first-year-applicants
Bryn Mawr College© Massachusetts Awards need-based financial aid. Possible to meet 100%of need for undocumented freshmen, but partial help for transfers. https://www.brynmawr.edu/admissions/first-year-faqs
Carleton College Minnesota Considered international students. Each year we consider applications from students living in the United States without documentation of U.S. citizenship or legal permanent residency. Because of our limited financial resources, we must consider these undocumented students among all international applicants applying for aid. Undocumented students are eligible for Carleton-based grants and loans. Students with DACA status are considered among all other legal permanent residents and U.S. citizens.

  • Up to six full scholarships covering Carleton’s comprehensive fee, including tuition, room and board.
  • Up to six partial scholarships with a maximum value of one-half of Carleton’s comprehensive fee.


Colby College Maine Must apply as international student. Few international students admitted a year. Undocumented applicants do not need to submit the CSS Profile.
Rare for an undocumented student to qualify. https://www.colby.edu/admission/finaid/
College of the Holy Cross Massachusetts Meets all need. Check with college about policies for students. http://admissions.holycross.edu/financial-aid
College of William and Mary Virginia None.
Columbia University© New York Assistance for all admitted students. Must complete the CSS International Student Financial Aid Application. Admission is competitive. No stated policy towards undocumented students. https://cc-seas.financialaid.columbia.edu/howtoapply
Connecticut University Connecticut Must apply as international students. Few merit-based scholarships. https://www.conncoll.edu/admission/tuition-fees/international-students/
Cornell University© New York Fall 2016. Now allows DACA students to apply as domestic applicants. Meets full need for these students.Cornell University meets full demonstrated financial need for all admitted students who are United States citizens or permanent residents.Beginning in Fall 2016, undergraduate students who hold DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival) status granted by the federal government will be considered domestic students by Cornell University for purposes of admissions and financial aid, and are eligible for need-blind admissions and need-based financial aid like any U.S. citizen or permanent resident.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 and academic-year work expectations 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.

Below are the financial aid application requirements if you currently have DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) status. If you are an undocumented student residing in the U.S. without DACA status, apply for financial aid as anInternational Student.


Dartmouth College© New Hampshire Provides financial aid for undocumented students. The university meets full need of students with employment, scholarships and/or loans. Freshmen must complete the CSS Profile and the College Board’s Institutional Documentation Service (IDOC). Transfers must complete CSS Profile, Parent’s U.S. tax return and Student’s tax return. http://admissions.dartmouth.edu/financial-aid/apply-aid/prospective-transfer-students/how-apply-aid/undocumented-students
Davidson College North Carolina A limited number of international students receive financial assistance each year. The assistance is based on a combination of financial aid and merit. When applying, make sure to note that you are ‘undocumented’ or a non- U.S. citizen and the citizenship of your birth. Must complete the CSS Profile, the International Student Financial Aid Application and the Certification of Finances. Also pursue the merit-based scholarship opportunities. http://www.davidson.edu/admission-and-financial-aid/how-to-apply/international-students
Duke University© North Carolina
Dominican University© Illinois Not considered international students, just undocumented students. Need-based financial aid available. Also eligible for scholarships after they apply for admission. http://www.dom.edu/admission/undergraduate/scholarships
Emory University Georgia DACA Dreamers can apply for merit-based and scholarships. http://www.emory.edu/FINANCIAL_AID/undergraduates/
Fairfield University Connecticut Full-time day undergraduate international and undocumented students are encouraged to apply for financial aid using the College Board’s CSS Profile. This application should be submitted by the stated deadline. Recipients of the Fairfield Tuition Grant will be notified during the first week of April. Students will be automatically considered for any merit-based scholarships on the basis of their admission application. http://www.fairfield.edu/admissionaid/financialaidtuition/undergraduatefinancialaidtuition/financialaidpolicies/#intl
Franklin and Marshall College© Pennsylvania Franklin and Marshall considers undocumented students eligible for the same aid as any United States citizen. Starting Fall 2016, Franklin and Marshall has formed a partnership with a private foundation, the Charles and LynnSchusterman Family Foundation, it will offer additional grants to DACA students to pay what federal aid would cover for a citizen. The college’s officials say that will allow them to enroll more of those students.
George Mason University Washington, DC DACA students considered in-state. Need-based financial aid available and several merit-based scholarships for freshmen students. http://admissions.gmu.edu/costs/. Great resource page for Mason Dreamers. http://www.masondreamers.org/for-mason-students.html
Georgia Institute of Technology Georgia In Georgia, undocumented individuals are not permitted to attend large, competitive public universities like the University of Georgia (UGA) or Georgia Tech. They can instead apply to colleges that have spots left after their regular applicant pool has been chosen. And they must pay expensive out-of-state tuition rates in order to attend.
Grinnell College© Iowa Considered as international students. Complete the International Student Application for Financial Aid and Scholarships when applying for admission. Does offer financial assistance for transfer students. https://www.grinnell.edu/about/offices-services/financial-aid/apply/international?group=29756
Harvard University© Massachusetts Undocumented students must file as international students. All financial aid and scholarships are based on need. Admission is competitive because everyone qualifies for the financial assistance. Need to file the CSS Profile or a paper submission that requires Financial Statement for Students from Foreign Countries, Parent Income Tax Return or Wage Statement, and if necessary a Business/Farm Supplement, Noncustodial Parent Information or the Estate or Trust Tax Return. https://college.harvard.edu/i-am-undocumented-am-i-still-eligible-financial-aid
Haverford University© Pennsylvania Considered international students and eligible for full need-based financial assistance. Fee waivers available. Complete Profile Application and submit tax returns. http://www.haverford.edu/financialaid/forms.php Financial aid is not available for transfer students.
Indiana University, Bloomington Indiana By law must collect citizenship information. Do not qualify for any state aid or in state tuition. http://www.indiana.edu/~cats/kb/D-F/undocumented-students.php
John Carroll University Ohio Only merit aid is awarded. Submit an application for scholarship at the same time that applying for admission. Apply as international students. http://sites.jcu.edu/international/pages/scholarship-and-aid/jcu-scholarships/
Kalamazoo College© Michigan Considered as international students. Eligible for financial assistance and merit-based scholarships. Submit the International Student Financial Aid Application form before applying for admission. Aid does not meet all need. http://www.kzoo.edu/admission/international/faq/
Kenyon College© Ohio Considered international students. Offers financial aid in the form of scholarships, loans and on-campus employment. Does award full rides to some select undocumented students. http://www.kenyon.edu/admissions-aid/how-to-apply/international-students/
Lafayette College Pennsylvania Considered international students. Meets the full demonstrated financial need of international students. Must complete the CSS Profile. https://admissions.lafayette.edu/apply/international-students/
Lehigh University Pennsylvania Considered international student. Awards financial aid on the basis of demonstrated need. Merit scholarships may also be awarded on a limited basis. No application is necessary for merit scholarships. Complete the CSS Profile or International Student Financial Aid Application and the Certification of Finances. Transfer students are not eligible for need based or merit based financial aid. http://www1.lehigh.edu/admissions/undergrad/intl
Massachusetts Institute of Technology© Massachusetts Considered as international students. Must submit CSS profile and Parents’ Income Tax Return or Wage Statement. Will meet full need-based aid if admitted. http://mitadmissions.org/afford/basics
Mount Holyoke College© Massachusetts Considered domestic if they identify. Considered as international applicant if they don’t. Does offer financial assistance for freshmen and transfer students. Must apply for financial assistance at the same time that applies for admission. Submit CSS Profile and Parental Tax Return or Certified Verification of Total Income. Does not meet all need. https://www.mtholyoke.edu/sfs/undocumented-and-daca-students
New York University © New York New program to provide full aid for undocumented New York Dreamers. Specific requirements. https://www.nyu.edu/admissions/financial-aid-and-scholarships/undocumented.html
Northwestern University Illinois Starting Fall 2016 will give need based money to undocumented students. School is introducing new approach to financial aid.
Oberlin College© Ohio Students are considered domestic students. Meets the full demonstrated financial need of every admitted student through a combination of grants, loans, and money earned through student employment. Must indicate on application for admission that wants to be considered for financial aid. Must complete a CSS profile and Certification of Finances. http://new.oberlin.edu/arts-and-sciences/admissions/first-year-applicant/undocumented-applicants.dot
Princeton University© New Jersey Considered international students. Full support provided! Admission is need-blind. Aid is awarded solely on basis of need. Need is met through grants, scholarships, other sources or campus jobs. Application fee waivers available. Admission is competitive. Submit the Princeton Financial Aid Application (PFAA): https://admission.princeton.edu/applyingforadmission/admission-faqs/international-students
Reed College© Oregon Considered international students. Offers financial aid to approximately 20 to 25 students in need-based. Should complete the CSS Profile and IDOC documentation. http://www.reed.edu/apply/guide-to-applying/international/international-guide.html
Ripon College Wisconsin Apply as international student. Eligible for merit-based scholarships. Complete and submit the Certification of Finances and include an official, notarized financial statement to this form. Eligible for an on campus job, which helps to pay for the education. Merit Based Scholarship: up to $15,000 Performance/Recognition Scholarships: up to $5,000 each (4 scholarships available). http://www.ripon.edu/international-faqs/
Rice University Texas Considered International students and eligible for merit-based scholarships. http://financialaid.rice.edu/
Swarthmore College Pennsylvania Considered domestic applicants. For undocumented and DACA students, Swarthmore’s admissions process is need blind. We do not take financial need or application for financial aid into account when making an admissions decision. Swarthmore College commits to meeting 100% of admitted students’ demonstrated financial need, and our aid awards do not include a loan. We believe all students should be able to afford a Swarthmore education regardless of socioeconomic status or ability to pay. Undocumented and DACA students will need to complete the College Board/CSS PROFILE as well as submit other required information as requested.  All students who complete the application process will be reviewed and considered for financial aid.  http://www.swarthmore.edu/admissions-aid/swarthmore-college-policy-undocumented-students
Tufts University© Massachusetts Tufts considers all undocumented students living in the U.S. as domestic students applicants who are eligible for domestic need-based financial aid.  Tufts University meets 100% of demonstrated need for all admitted students.  Because undocumented students are not eligible for federal aid, Tufts provides institutional financial aid. http://admissions.tufts.edu/apply/first-year-students/undocumented-students/
University of Chicago© Illinois Full aid available to undocumented students. Must apply as international students. University of Chicago students, prospective students, or school counselors working with prospective students are encouraged to reach out to Tamara Felden, the designated contact for undocumented student issues at the University, at tfelden@uchicago.edu or (773) 702-7752. https://collegeadmissions.uchicago.edu/costs/international-aid
University of Minnesota Minnesota Does not offer financial aid to international students. Does offer a limited number of Global Excellence Scholarships for freshmen and transfers. No separate scholarship application is required. Does offer thousands of on- and off-campus student employment options.
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill North Carolina Considered International Student. Will consider the admissions application for any available merit scholarships.
University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Only need-based financial aid is awarded when admitted. Apply as international students. (Committed to meeting 100% of student’s determined need without loans. Complete the Penn Financial Aid Supplement, the CSS Profile, and the Parents’ and Student’s Tax Returns. http://www.vpul.upenn.edu/lacasa/files/UndocumentedFAQs.pdf
University of Puget Sound Washington Considered as international students. Does offer need-based financial aid for freshmen students. Must complete CSS Profile and Certification of Finances. http://www.pugetsound.edu/academics/international-programs/international-students/
University of Rochester© New York Undocumented students, if admitted to the University of Rochester, may accept merit-based scholarships and awards that are not service-based.  Additionally, some students may have secured employment authorization under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and may work during their program as a full-time student. The University’s International Services Office can assist and advise you and help you to take advantage of some of the many resources available to the international population here.  We typically recommend an initial appointment with an ISO advisor upon arrival to discuss your situation and how best to achieve your academic goals at the University of Rochester. http://www.iso.rochester.edu/study/undoc.html
University of Vermont Vermont International scholarships available. http://www.uvm.edu/~stdfinsv/?Page=international_scholars.html&SM=scholarshipmenu.html
Vassar College© New York Undocumented students are accepted and helped the same and on the basis of those that are international students. Complete CSS Profile, Institutional Documentation Service (IDOC) and Tax Returns. http://admissions.vassar.edu/apply/answers/#undocumented
Washington University in St. Louis© Missouri Provides financial assistance for freshmen and transfer international students. Assistance is based on achievement, potential, and need. Submit either CSS Profile or Washington University Family Financial Profile for International Applicants: http://admissions.wustl.edu/FinancialAssistance/international/Pages/default.aspx
Wellesley College Massachusetts Need based international aid. http://www.wellesley.edu/admission/esp/international/faq#aid
Wesleyan University Connecticut For class entering in Fall of 2017, Wesleyan will considered them as domestic applicants.Wesleyan meets 100 percent of demonstrated need for all admitted students. Because DACA/undocumented students are ineligible for federal aid, Wesleyan will meet this demonstrated need with institutional financial aid, which may include need-based scholarship, campus employment and small loans.
Williams College© Massachusetts Does provide need-based aid if admitted. Must apply as international students. Apply for the aid when applying for admission. Complete CSS Profile and Parents’ Tax Returns: http://web.williams.edu/admin/finaid/apply/international-prospective-us/
Whitman College© Washington Whitman College seeks to establish a vibrant community of individuals who are intellectually talented, have the potential to be leaders in and out of the classroom and are from diverse backgrounds both nationally and internationally. Recognizing that undocumented students make important contributions to the intellectual and social life of the campus, Whitman College admits and enrolls students regardless of citizenship. Whitman College uses non-governmental resources to support the academic efforts of such students who qualify for financial aid. https://www.whitman.edu/about-whitman/diversity/statement-on-undocumented-students
Yale University© Connecticut 100% of demonstrated need will be met. Both freshmen and transfers: Complete Yale Financial Aid Application, CSS Profile, and Parents’ Tax Returns. http://admissions.yale.edu/financial-aid
California Universities Financial Assistance for Undocumented Students. All qualified undocumented students qualify for state grants.
Azusa Pacific University CA Can apply for merit-based scholarships which are based on SAT and GPA. Can receive more than one scholarship, if qualified. http://www.apu.edu/international/enrollment/requirements/
California Institute of Technology CA Need based aid given if admitted. Must apply as international student. Admission is competitive.
Claremont McKenna College CA Considered as international students. Must submit the CSS Profile and the Financial Certification Form. Merit scholarships are awarded to international students and range from $10,000 to full tuition. Submit the college supplement when applying for admission. https://www.claremontmckenna.edu/admission/apply/international.php
Dominican University of California© California Considered AB540 students. Financial assistance is provided, but no full need is met for either freshmen or transfer students. Should submit the AB540 student form when applying for the assistance. Cal Grants Accepted. http://www.dominican.edu/admissions/aid/general-financial-aid-information
Fresno Pacific University© CA Considered as international students. Offers several scholarships: http://experiencefpu.com/financial-aid/scholarships
Harvey Mudd College© CA Considered international students. Can receive Cal Grants. Should apply for need-based financial aid when applying for admission. Will also be considered for some merit-based scholarships at the time of admission. Should submit the CSS Profile, Certification of Finances, and IDOC documents. Transfer students are very unlikely to receive financial assistance. https://www.hmc.edu/admission/afford/international-student-financial-aid/
Loyola Marymount University© CA Not eligible for financial aid. Eligibility for scholarships can be based on academic merit, leadership, and/or talent. 5 AB540 full rides awarded per year. Will consider transfer students. All applicants for admission are automatically considered. Accepts Cal Grants.
Mills College© CA Considered international students. Can qualify for Cal Grants and Institutional Aid. Offers a variety of merit scholarships ranging from $5,000 to full tuition. http://www.mills.edu/student_services/financial_aid/info_undergraduate.php#ab540_eligible
Mount St. Mary’s College CA Considered as international students. Only partial scholarships for freshmen students.
Occidental College© CA Considered international students. Provides 100% of demonstrated need to international or domestic students. Each year Occidental is only able to fully fund 2 to 4 international students. Should apply for aid at the time of admission. Explain any unusual expenses, debt, or special circumstances on the Certification of Finances and complete the International Student Financial Aid Application. Accepts Cal Grants. https://www.oxy.edu/sites/default/files/assets/Admission_Aid/CADreamActInfo.pdf
Pepperdine University CA Considered international students. No need-based aid offered. But some academic scholarships available for both freshmen and transfers.
Pitzer College© CA Offers one renewable scholarship (tuition, fees, room & board) for admitted AB540. Requirements are: not permanent resident or UC citizen and born in Latin American country, attended CA HS for 4 yrs, min. 3.5 GPA, extracurricular and leadership activities, must be nominated by HS counselor. http://tsl.pomona.edu/articles/2012/11/16/news/3360-admission-policies-for-students-with-deferred-action-differ-across-5cs
Pomona College© CA Apply as a regular domestic student. Not considered an international student. Several full rides awarded per year. Submit the CSS Profile, Certification of Finances, and International Student Application of Financial Aid. https://www.pomona.edu/admissions/apply/first-year-applicants/undocumented-dacamented-applicants
Santa Clara University© CA Considered international students. Financial aid is not available. But does offer 15 full ride scholarships for freshmen and transfer students. Very competitive but the most slots available at any California college. Accepts Cal Grants. https://www.scu.edu/financialaid/apply-for-aid/undocumented-students/
Stanford University CA Students are met with full need and should apply as international students. But the financial aid is need-aware. Indicate the need of financial assistance on the admission application. Submit CSS Profile, Certification of Finances, and International Student Financial Aid Application.
Soka University CA Requires all students to study abroad. Unable to offer admission, unless the applicant is willing to apply for permanent residency or exit the U.S. and apply for the appropriate F-1 student visa to re-enter the U.S. http://www.soka.edu/admission_aid/Undergraduate-Admission/Apply%20Now/international_undergrad_admission/international_student_faqs.aspx#anchor12
University of Redlands CA No support provided.
University of Southern California CA Considered international students. No need-based aid or application fee waivers. Accepts Cal Grants.
Whittier College CA  Considered international students http://www.whittier.edu/admission/applying/internation

New Additions for 2017

Macalester College© MN      Macalester’s long-standing commitment to internationalism and multiculturalism includes a significant financial aid fund for qualified            students. The College meets 100% of demonstrated financial need for all admitted students. Admitted undocumented students who are not permitted by law to work in the U.S. would receive additional student loans to replace the amount typically earned through student employment. After you have submitted the Common Application, email admissions@macalester.edu to identify yourself as an undocumented student applying to Macalester. In deciding which applicants will be offered admission, we carefully review each student’s high school record. We look for evidence that the applicant has taken a rigorous curriculum, performed at a very high level, and will contribute to the campus community in other ways. Because our ability to offer admission to undocumented students who need financial assistance is severely limited, competition for space in the class is extremely high.