DACA Students

Cornell Includes Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) Students within University’s Need-Blind Admissions and Need-Based Financial Aid Programs

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 are considered domestic students by Cornell University for 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.

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 and without DACA status are charged non-resident tuition.

Cornell will extend financial aid eligibility to all DACA students enrolled at Cornell, including students newly enrolled as of Fall 2016 as freshmen or transfers, and continuing students matriculated in prior years.

Undergraduate applicants who are undocumented and without DACA status are evaluated for admission with consideration of the ability of students or parents to pay educational costs.

For assistance with the financial aid process, both prospective and currently enrolled students are encouraged to contact:

Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment
Jessica Potter

Undergraduate Admissions Decisions for International Applicants and Undocumented Students without DACA Status will be Need-Aware, Considering the Ability of Students or Parents to Pay Educational Costs

Beginning with the class enrolling in Fall 2017, admissions decisions for international applicants and undocumented applicants without DACA status will be need-aware. This means that they will be evaluated for admission with consideration of the ability of students or parents to pay educational costs. Students who are admitted and demonstrate financial need will receive a financial aid package that meets 100% of their demonstrated financial need (Cornell University does not provide partial financial aid awards).

International applicants and undocumented applicants without DACA status who indicate on their applications that they will not be applying for financial aid (and who are admitted) will not be eligible to apply for financial aid at any time as an undergraduate at Cornell. Applicants who anticipate the need for financial assistance at any point during their undergraduate course of study at Cornell must apply for aid when they apply for admission. To apply for the university’s need-based financial aid program, applicants must complete and submit the CSS Profile.

Cornell University provides more than $11.5 million in financial assistance to approximately 250 international students each year. Cornell currently enrolls 1,376 undergraduate international students from more than 100 nations.

For assistance with the financial aid process for international applicants and undocumented students without DACA status, please contact:

Cornell University Undergraduate Admissions Office
International Admissions