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Admissions & Financial Aid Information for Undocumented Students

ESF’s core values include a commitment to equal opportunity, inclusion, accessibility, and diversity. Therefore, ESF welcomes all undergraduate applicants regardless of citizenship status. Undocumented students, with or without Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status, who apply to ESF are treated identically to any other U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

While procedures for financial aid vary between domestic and international applicants, undocumented students are considered for institutional merit and need-based financial aid. Please note that health insurance is required for all full-time ESF students.


Undocumented students with DACA status should follow the same application procedure for all domestic (not international) applicants to ESF. Federal financial aid is not available for undocumented students, but ESF does provide institutional financial aid based on individual eligibility.

Financial Aid Application Process for Undocumented Students

  • Complete the Admissions application process by the listed priority deadlines.
  • If you are a student with DACA status, you should submit a FAFSA to be considered for ESF need-based financial aid. However, this is not necessary for ESF merit-based financial aid.
  • Complete your FAFSA and Admissions applications on time! Deadlines vary for Early Decision, Regular Decision, and Transfer students. Visit our Financial Aid website for more information.