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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a social security number in order to apply for college?

No. A social security number is not required to complete the application for admission.

Am I eligible for federal or state financial aid?

No. You cannot receive federal or New York State aid unless you are a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen.

Do I qualify for the resident tuition rate?

You may be eligible for the resident tuition rate if you meet the following requirements:

Am I eligible for the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)?

U.S. citizenship is not a requirement for admission to EOP. However, you must meet New York State residency, income and academic requirements. If admitted, you will receive all academic and social support the program offers. However, you are not eligible to receive any financial support from the program.

I am attending a community college and have been asked to obtain a certificate of residency from my county.  I’m having difficulty obtaining the certificate, what should I do?

Contact Julieta Schiffino at Julieta.Schiffino@suny.edu for advice and/or assistance.

May I apply to scholarships as an undocumented student?

Yes. Here are some resources:

My college requires students to complete the FAFSA to apply for institutional scholarships. If I have been granted DACA status and have received a social security number, can I complete the FAFSA?

Since you have a social security number, you can complete the FAFSA. There is no penalty for doing so, but undocumented students - including DACA recipients - are not eligible for federal or New York State aid. If you choose to complete the FAFSA, the Federal Student Aid office provides specific instructions for DACA students at: studentaid.ed.gov/sa/sites/default/files/financial-aid-and-undocumented-students.pdf.

Will I be eligible for payment plans?

Yes. You can enroll in a payment plan.

How can undocumented students apply for admission on the SUNY application?

“Visa Type” is a required question for non-U.S. citizens on the SUNY application for admission. As an undocumented student, you have the option to select “Other” at the bottom of the dropdown list for this question. This option is considered a valid response and we recommend this choice for undocumented applicants, including those with DACA status.

Why am I being asked to submit TOEFL scores or other documentation for international students?

If a college contacts you requesting that you send TOEFL scores, foreign transcripts or financial statements, they have assumed that you are an international student. Call the admissions office to clarify.

If the DACA program is canceled or revoked, will my status as an enrolled student protect me from deportation?

Enrolled student status does not necessarily provide protection from removal; however, a 2011 memo from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) designates college campuses as “sensitive locations,” meaning that college campuses would not be the focus of law enforcement actions (i.e. arrests, searches, interviews, and surveillance) unless: (a) exigent circumstances exist; (b) other law enforcement actions have led officers to campus; or (c) prior approval is obtained.

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