The private institute, Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia provides free tuition for undocumented students with or without DACA.
Emory started putting the program together early last year and made it effective for the fall 2017 semester.
The program which will run for its first full year in 2018, is known as the “Need-Based Financial Aid Program for Undocumented Students”.
Emory is not a cheap University to attend. The average tuition for legal American students is approximately $50,000 annually. International students can expect to pay about $70,000.
Emory is a private University, but they do receive money from the state.
The free tuition is only available to new students who are in the United States illegally. Legal international students are required to pay tuition, including international students with expired visas.
The requirements and guidelines for the free tuition program are listed below. You can also view the same information on Emory’s website.
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Need-Based Financial Aid Program for Undocumented Students, including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) Students
All Undocumented Students (with or without DACA) who are admitted as first-year, first-degree-seeking undergraduate students, who have graduated from a U.S. high school, and who are determined by Emory to have financial need, will be awarded Emory financial aid funds to assist them in meeting their demonstrated need.
Who is an Undocumented Student for purposes of this program?
Undocumented Students are students who are not U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or “eligible noncitizens,” including DACA students.
Who is a DACA student for purposes of this program?
A DACA student is a student who has received deferred action under the Federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals process.
What are the components of the program?
Emory meets 100% of demonstrated financial need for undergraduate Undocumented Students (with or without DACA) who are admitted as first-year, first-degree-seeking students, and who graduated from a U.S. High school through a combination of grants and scholarships, institutional work study (DACA students only), and institutional loans. Undocumented Students without DACA status may receive an institutional loan in place of the typical work study award.
When does this program take effect?
This program is effective the fall of 2017.
Who is eligible for this program?
Any student who will enter, or has entered, Emory University (Emory College or Oxford College) as a first-year, first-degree-seeking student, has graduated from a U.S. high school, and is considered an Undocumented Student (with or without DACA) is eligible for need-based financial aid from the university.
Who is not eligible for this program?
International students are not eligible for this program. Students currently in the process of applying for permanent residency will be considered international students until they have completed the immigration process with USCIS and have received a green card. Other students currently in the U.S. (attending a U.S. high school) on student or family visas will be considered international students. International students seeking financial aid through the admission process should visit this site: http://apply.emory.edu/apply/international.php
How do Undocumented Students (with or without DACA) apply for need-based aid at Emory?
Emory requires only the completion of the CSS Profile, along with the IDOC packet (parent and student tax returns), in order to make a need-based financial aid determination for Undocumented Students (with or without DACA) (http://www.studentaid.emory.edu/apply/ucol/prospective/index.html). Students should follow the submission deadlines that correspond with their admission plan.
Should Undocumented Students (with or without DACA) notify the Office of Financial Aid?
Yes. Undocumented Students (with or without DACA) should notify the Office of Financial Aid contact listed at the bottom of this page via email with their name, Emory ID number, admission plan (ED1, ED2, Regular), and their current citizenship status.
How will admitted Undocumented Students (with or without DACA) know what their financial aid package is?
Undocumented Students (with or without DACA) will be able to review their need-based aid package online, through the OPUS Student Center.
I am an international student who graduated from a U.S. high school and enrolled at Emory as a first year student. My visa has since expired. Am I eligible for financial aid as an Undocumented Student under this policy?
No. When a student is admitted as an undergraduate international student during the admission process, the designation as an international student will remain throughout his or her Emory undergraduate career.
How do Undocumented Students (with or without DACA) apply for admission to Emory College and Oxford College?
Please visit the Office of Undergraduate Admission website for details:http://apply.emory.edu/apply/undocumented.php.
Can Undocumented Students (with or without DACA) apply for merit-based scholarships?
Yes. Undocumented Students (with or without DACA) and international students are eligible to apply for the same merit-based scholarships available to any students. Emory University offers partial to full merit-based scholarships and membership in the Scholars Programs to incoming first-year students through the Emory University Scholars Program (http://apply.emory.edu/apply/scholars.php).