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College Advising Guide for Undocumented Students > New York University

Updated: January 2015

Does your college knowingly admit undocumented students?


Would you advise the disclosure of their status in the application process through their essay or counselor recommendation?

Applicants to NYU who are undocumented are welcome to disclose their citizenship status when applying for admission. Disclosing one’s citizenship status provides our admissions committee with greater context about the applicant and the challenge s  she faces as she navigate s the world around her. Disclosure will not have any negative bearing on the applicant during the application process or financial aid awarding process.

Applicants to NYU who are undocumented and living in New York state are encouraged to to disclose their citizenship status as disclosure will allow us to properly identify and consider undocumented students from New York state for need-based and meritbased scholarship. More information about aid for applicants who are undocumented and living in New York state can be found here.

Contact person for undocumented students, parents, and counselors:

Crystal Artis
Associate Director for Diversity Initiatives
(212) 998-4551

Do you have institutional aid or merit/talent based scholarships for which an undocumented student would be eligible?

Undocumented students living in New York state will be considered for institutional scholarship from NYU 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.

Award amounts vary depending on a student’s individual academic profile and level of financial need. Undocumented students are also eligible for merit based scholarships.  NYU offers merit based scholarships to less than 4% of admitted students.  These awards range from $20,000 to full tuition.

How would an undocumented student apply for financial assistance or a need-based scholarship at your institution? Are they required to complete a CSS Profile or an institutional financial aid application in lieu of a FAFSA?

To be considered for financial support at NYU, undocumented students residing in New York state must submit the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE and meet the same PROFILE deadlines as U.S and international students. More information about  CSS Profile deadlines can be found here. The CSS PROFILE is available beginning October 2014 for the 2015-2016 award year.  FASFA is not required.

Additional eligibility criteria must be met to qualify as a New York state undocumented student for NYU financial aid purposes. Students must submit the Undocumented Student Financial Aid Application no later than the CSS PROFILE deadline to be considered for NYU scholarship funds. 

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 2012 to January 2015).

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 2012 to January 2015) 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).
  • 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).

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?

The Common Application provides a non-US citizen or other option.  A blank field is not permitted when completing the citizenship section of the Common Application as it is a required section.  Undocumented students should select the non-US citizen or other option.

How should an undocumented student answer the question regarding social security number? Should they use zeros or leave it blank? Again, is a blank field permitted when submitting an online application?

We encourage students to include a Social Security Number if they have one. However, the Social Security Number field is not a required field and can be left blank. Please note, to be considered for financial aid from NYU, a student must have a social security number or valid U.S. Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN).

Can students submit an online application if they are paying the application fee with a fee-waiver?


If undocumented students are required to complete a paper application, do the online instructions direct them to do so?


Do any state laws exist that restrict an unauthorized student’s access to higher education or could cause them to feel generally unsafe living within the state?


Are there any institutional policies that exist at your college requiring administrators to report a student’s status?


Do you believe that the mission of your institution creates an environment where an undocumented student would be embraced and feel welcome on your campus?



More information about institutional financial support available for undocumented students residing in New York State can be found at

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