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DACA Renewal Fee Emergency Funds Application

Cornell’s Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment will provide grant support to students who face extenuating financial challenges filing the application renewal fee for DACA status according to the procedures of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

These grants do not have to be repaid, and are only available to Cornell students with DACA status or who previously held DACA status who are filing for status renewal or filing a new initial DACA request because their prior DACA status expired or was terminated.  Enrolled students and newly admitted Cornell students who have accepted the offer of admission for Fall ’20 matriculation are eligible. Emergency funds are available to each eligible student up to $495, to cover the cost of the renewal application for DACA status, employment authorization, and biometric services.

Additional Funds are available to assist students towards transportation costs to the Syracuse, New York Field Support Office, if needed.


In order to be eligible for the DACA renewal application fee emergency fund, Cornell students must meet all of the following criteria:

  • --Must be a currently enrolled Cornell University undergraduate, graduate, or professional degree student, or recently admitted to Cornell and have accepted the offer of admission for Fall ’20 matriculation and paid the Cornell enrollment deposit.
  • --Must currently hold DACA status or have held DACA status that expired or was terminated, and be applying for federal renewal while the renewal period is open according to USCIS.


Please complete the required information listed below and submit (by email) to the Financial Aid office:


Approved emergency funds will be available to you within two (2) business days after the request has been processed. To receive these funds you should enroll in direct deposit with the Bursar’s Office. Your emergency funds will then be transferred via Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) to your designated bank account. To enroll in direct deposit, please visit the following website:

If you have any questions concerning the DACA Renewal Fee Emergency Fund, please feel free to contact the Financial Aid office by phone at 607-255-5145 or via email:



To request DACA Renewal Fee Emergency Funds, please submit the following request via email:

Full Name:

Student ID:

Phone Number:

Cornell E-mail:

NOTE: For newly admitted Cornell students who have accepted the offer of admission for Fall ’20 matriculation, please include your Date of Birth if you have not yet received your student ID and Cornell email address.

Total amount requested to cover DACA renewal fee:


Do you need assistance covering transportation costs to the Syracuse, New York Field Support Office? (Y/N)

Students will be provided up to an additional $150 to assist with transportation costs.