Undocumented Students

Financial Aid Application Process

Academic Year 2017-2018

If you are applying for admission as an undocumented* undergraduate student, you may be eligible for NYU scholarship funds.

NYU has been supportive of the Dream Act at the state and national level; we're sympathetic to the circumstances and difficulties undocumented students face. During the spring 2014 semester, a group of NYU students who are passionate about this issue -- they call themselves the DREAM Team -- challenged the University to do better by undocumented students.

And so, NYU is pleased to launch a pilot program this year that offers institutional scholarship aid to eligible undocumented students from New York on par with what is offered to U.S. students. We believe NYU offers a great education and the intent of this pilot is to offer additional financial support to help enable eligible undocumented men and women from New York to attend NYU.

Please note the following requirements:

1. CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE and if applicable, CSS Noncustodial PROFILE:

Students must submit the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE and meet the same PROFILE deadlines as U.S and international students. The CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE and CSS Noncustodial PROFILE are available beginning October 2016 for the 2017-2018 award year and beginning this year, will be based on “Prior Prior Year” tax data, increasing accuracy of awarding and allowing students and families to utilize taxes that they have already filed from two years prior.

2. Eligibility:

Additional eligibility criteria must be met to qualify as a New York undocumented student for NYU financial aid purposes. Students must submit the Undocumented Student Financial Aid Application (available from October to February on our Applications and Forms menu) no later than the CSS PROFILE deadline to be considered for NYU scholarship funds.

Students will be considered for NYU scholarship based upon financial need, academic strengths (and other information reviewed in the admission process), and must also satisfy the criteria required on the Undocumented Student Financial Aid Application. Students submitting all information on time will be evaluated and notified approximately at the time they learn of their acceptance for admission.

Please note that additional information for eligibility is required for consideration, including:

  • The student applicant's confirmation of residence within the state of New York for the previous three calendar years (January 2014 to January 2017).

Examples of Documentation: student or parent copies of utility bills, housing lease, notarized statement reflecting a New York state address in all three years.

  • Confirmation of the student applicant's attendance at a high school within the state of New York for the prior three calendar years (January 2014 to January 2017) or, if residence is in New York but the student attended high school in a different state, confirmation of high school attendance in the U.S.

Example of Documentation: official high school transcript.

  • The student applicant must have a valid Social Security Number, OR the student applicant or student applicant's parent(s) must have an official, valid U.S. Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN). Please see the IRS website for more information about the ITIN.
3. NYU Investment:

It is important to note that eligible undocumented students will be given the same consideration for scholarships as other U.S. students; however, they will not be eligible for federal or New York State financial aid. Undocumented students will need to consider their investment in an NYU education carefully. Guidance may be sought from financial aid counselors, but appeals for additional scholarship funding beyond the initial offer to those who are awarded will not be considered. NYU does not offer an internal loan program.

* An undocumented student is a student who does not possess appropriate documentation allowing him/her to reside legally in the U.S. Students who have been granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status are considered to be undocumented.

What Happens Next

After the successful submission of the Common Application, the CSS Profile, the CSS Noncustodial Profile (if applicable), and the New York Undocumented Student Financial Aid Application, you will be reviewed for both admission and financial aid. Applications must be submitted by our deadlines to be reviewed for NYU Scholarship.

Shortly after admissions offers are made, students who qualify for financial aid would receive an email directing them to log in to their Albert Student Center to view their estimated financial aid award package.

Because Undocumented Students are ineligible for federal financial aid, it is important that students analyze their resources to determine how their financial need will be met. It is rare that NYU Scholarship alone is enough to cover the entire cost of attendance. More information on private educational loans can be found on our website. There are also several payment plan options offered by the University which may assist you with planning the portion of college costs for which you and your family will be responsible. More information about payment plans can be found on the NYU Office of the Bursar's website.

NOTE: Undocumented students are subject to income/financial aid form verification, the same as all other students. Students/parents must be prepared to submit tax return transcripts, or -- if U.S. tax returns are not required, based upon Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidelines -- be able to provide other valid proof of earnings (such as W-2's). Please see our Verification page for more information. If selected for financial aid verification, financial aid eligibility may be subject to change based on the comparison of the requested documentation and the student's CSS Profile.