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 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 DACA status will be 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. You can read more at: https://admissions.cornell.edu/news/daca-students.
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. International 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. Learn about the financial aid process for international applicants: http://finaid.cornell.edu/apply-aid/international-applicants.
Cornell’s new online resource that will provide a wealth of information for prospective students, families and counselors is MeetEzra, a searchable database of frequently-asked questions designed for students. Students may use it to learn about everything from the admissions process to academics to life on campus. To begin (or continue) exploring Cornell, check out MeetEzra today!