Eligible U.S. Citizenship Status

Cornell University meets full demonstrated financial need for all admitted students who are United States citizens and eligible non-citizens. Eligible non-citizens include permanent residents, refugees and asylees.

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.

DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) Documentation Requirements

Students with DACA status must provide copies of the following documentation in the financial aid application process. Original documents must be reviewed by our office when students arrive on campus. If you have applied for DACA status, and your application is currently pending, see the Important Information section below.

  • Copy of the written notice that DACA status has been approved
  • Copy of your Employment Authorization Document

 

Eligible Non-Citizen Documentation Requirements

Eligible non-citizens must provide documentation of permanent residency or citizenship status. Original documents must be provided to our office for review. Acceptable forms of documentation include:

  • Resident Alien Card (I-551)
    OR
  • Arrival/Departure Record (I-94) with all endorsements and temporary I-155 stamp that has not expired and I797 (Notice of Action) showing that you have applied for permanent residency

When applicable, documentation will be sent to USCIS (US Citizenship and Immigration Services) for review and determination of eligibility for federal student aid.

 

Important information for students with a pending U.S. permanent residency or DACA status

Prospective Students/Incoming New Students:

  • Must document permanent residency or DACA status by the admission deposit deadline. If you will not be able to document permanent residency or DACA status, apply for financial aid as an international student.
  • If granted permanent residency later in the academic year, you will be considered for William D. Ford Loan and Federal Pell Grant only (does not apply to DACA status). Be sure to submit a complete continuing student financial aid application and apply for full financial aid for the following academic year.

Continuing Students:

  • Must present original documentation of permanent residency or DACA status before the start of the semester to our office.
  • You must also present original documentation of your permanent residency or DACA status in person to the International Student Scholars Office (ISSO) B-50 Caldwell Hall to update the university’s records.
  • If documentation of permanent residency is provided before the start of the fall semester, then you will be considered for Cornell and federal aid funding for the academic year (does not apply to DACA status). 
  • If documentation of permanent residency comes in after the start of fall semester but before the beginning of the spring semester, you will be considered for the William D. Ford loan and Federal Pell Grant for the fall semester and reviewed for eligibility for all sources of aid for the spring semester (does not apply to DACA status).
  • If documentation of permanent residency comes in after the start of spring semester, you will be considered for the William D. Ford Loan and Federal Pell Grant only. You can submit a complete continuing student financial aid application and apply for full financial aid during the following academic year (does not apply to DACA status).