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Admissions & Financial Aid Information for Undocumented Students

SUNYFAP Aspirations Scholarship

In keeping with the spirit of inclusion and the principle of access to higher education, State University of New York Financial Aid Professionals, Inc. (SUNYFAP) created the first annual SUNYFAP Aspirations Scholarship.

Eligibility criteria:

  1. Graduation from a U.S. High School, completion of a GED Certificate, or status as an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States;
  2. Intention to be enrolled full-time at a SUNY College or University for the Fall 2018 semester.
  3. Eligibility for in-state tuition SUNY College or University for the Fall 2018 semester. 
  4. If enrolled in a four-year (bachelor) degree program, have completed one year of study prior to the end of December 2017
  5. If enrolled in a two-year (associate) degree program, have complete one semester of study prior to the end of December 2017;
  6. Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 based on a scale of 4.0;
  7. Have significant unmet financial need and are not eligible for Federal Student Aid

Detailed eligibility information can be found in the attached scholarship application. Applications will also be available on the SUNYFAP website: 

  • SUNYFAP site (application coming soon - direct link will be added here as soon as available)

NOTE: As part of the application you will be required to attest, under the penalty of perjury, that you have DACA, TPS, or that, to the best of your knowledge, you meet the listed immigration eligibility criteria.

The deadline to return completed application materials to the committee is March 26, 2018.

ESF’s core values include a commitment to equal opportunity, inclusion, accessibility and diversity. 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 pages for more information.