Undocumented & DACA Students

Emory University welcomes applications of undocumented students that have been granted DACA status by the federal government.

Application Process

First year DACA-eligible students applying to Emory University (Emory College or Oxford College) should follow the application procedures of a domestic student. Information regarding our application process and requirements can be found on the Apply section of our website.

Financial Aid

Emory University meets 100% of demonstrated financial need for all admitted domestic students. Students who are granted DACA status by the federal government (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival) are considered domestic students by Emory University and are eligible for need-based financial aid like any other U.S. citizen or permanent resident. While federal and state financial aid is not available for DACA students, Emory University provides institutional financial aid in its place. For further information please visit the Office of Financial aid website.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does your college knowingly admit undocumented students? Would you advise the disclosure of their status in the application process?
Yes. Undocumented students should feel free to share their personal stories with us through the essay portion of the application. High school guidance counselors are also welcome to share more about the student through the letter of recommendation. The more we know about your personal story, the better!
Who can undocumented students, parents, and counselors contact with questions?
Office of Undergraduate Admission
William Segura
Assistant Dean of Admission

Office of Financial Aid
Erik Lips
Associate Director
Do you have institutional aid or merit-based scholarships for which an undocumented student would be eligible?
Merit-based scholarships: Undocumented students are eligible for the same merit-based scholarships offered to all students. Emory University offers partial to full merit-based scholarships and membership in the Scholar Programs to incoming first-year students through the Emory University Scholar Programs.

Need-Based Aid: Only undocumented students who have been issued DACA by the U.S. Federal Government are eligible for the same need-based financial aid packages offered to all other domestic admitted students, and Emory University meets 100% of demonstrated need.

How would a DACA-eligible student apply for financial assistance or a need-based aid at your institution? Are they required to complete a CSS Profile or an institutional financial aid application in lieu of a FAFSA?
We require completion of the CSS Profile along with the IDOC packet (parent and student tax returns) in order to make a financial aid determination. Additionally, we require that students submit their DACA authorization from USCIS.
When completing the question on the application regarding citizenship, is there an applicable choice such as "non-citizen" or "other," and if not, should they leave the question blank? Is a blank field permitted when completing an online application?

Common Application:
If you are applying to Emory using the Common Application, please select the following fields whether you are DACA-approved, -pending, or –eligible.

Select your citizenship status
Other (Non-US)

List of citizenship
Select the country

Currently held in the United States visa
I do not hold a currently valid US non-immigration visa.

Coalition Application: If you are applying to Emory using the Coalition Application, please select the following fields whether you are DACA-approved, -pending, or –eligible.

Are you a U.S. Citizen or National?

Are you a U.S. Permanent Resident or Refugee? (optional)

List your citizenship(s)
Select the country

Do You Hold a Current U.S. Visa? (optional)

Have You Been Approved to Receive DACA Status? (optional)

Expiration Date of DACA Status (optional)
Select Date

QuestBridge Application: If you are applying to Emory via the QuestBridge Application, please select the following fields whether you are DACA-approved, -pending, or –eligible.

Primary Citizenship
Select Citizenship

Immigration Status
Non-Citizen (qualified for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA))

My applicant checklist says I am missing the International Certification of Finances, is this something I need to submit?
Please disregard this item on your applicant checklist. Even though we waive this requirement for DACA and Undocumented students, it may still appear on your checklist. This will not affect or delay the review of your application.

I am a DACA student and I currently attend or have attended college. Am I eligible for this DACA policy as a transfer applicant?
Our current DACA policy applies only to students applying as first-year applicants. Unfortunately transfer applicants are not eligible.

Should I submit my DACA authorization form?
Yes. Please complete the form, save it as PDF, and send as an attachment to Make sure to include your full name as it appears on the application, date of birth, and application ID#.