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Undocumented Students

BIGGER Aspirations

SUNY values diversity. The viewpoints, identities, and histories that our students, faculty, and staff bring to our 64 campuses enhance our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our founding principles and support for undocumented students guides our actions.

“…we removed tuition as a barrier, now we need to remove the barrier for more than 800,000 DACA enrollees…“

SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson
October 25, 2017
Read her remarks to Congress

You can go to college. Currently, there is no federal law preventing you from attending. SUNY does not - and will not - consider national origin or immigration status as a factor in admission. We encourage all students, regardless of citizenship status or national origin, to apply for admission, including undocumented and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students graduating from U.S. high schools.

Embrace your identity. Do not let fear about your immigration status stand in your way. SUNY will understand your situation and value your perspective and worldview. Use your application as an opportunity to talk about your life in America and how you’ve contributed to your community.

“Diversity is our greatest strength . . . our immigrant population is an enormous advantage for our economy and society.  We applaud the Legislature for passing the Senator Jose Peralta New York State Dream Act, giving undocumented students access to financial aid and scholarships towards a college education.”  

SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson
January 31, 2019
State of the University System Address

Create a strategy for success. Plan early, do your research, ask questions, and seek advice from trusted teachers and counselors at your school. Along with giving you guidance, they may be able to put you in contact with other undocumented students who have successfully enrolled in college or with college admission counselors who can help you. Remember: Under federal law, school officials cannot disclose personal information about students, including their immigration status, except in limited circumstances where the school has sponsored student visa holders or is compelled to do so by a lawfully issued subpoena or court order. Be sure to keep up with the news about laws that could affect your college plans.

At SUNY, you will find safe environments and supportive communities. You’ll also find a vast array of resources among our 64 campuses. Whether you’re thinking about applying or are already a student at one of our campuses, we’re here to help you succeed.


NEW! Financial Aid for Undocumented Students

Not only does the DREAM Act open the doors to higher education, it also provides access to New York State-administered grants and scholarships. If you attended or graduated from a NYS high school, attended an approved NYS high school equivalency program, or received a NYS equivalency diploma, you  may  be eligible for state aid. To determine your eligibility, learn about details, and receive information about the launch date for the application, visit www.hesc.ny.gov/dream/.


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Questions? Contact:

Julieta Schiffino, Associate Director for Financial Aid Services
SUNY Welcome Center
Julieta.Schiffino@suny.edu or 212.364.5823

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