Undocumented / DACA Applicants

As an undocumented or DACA applicant, you’re eligible for the same need-blind admissions policy and processes as US Citizens, permanent residents and eligible non-citizens.  (“Need-blind” means we evaluate admissions applications without regard to financial need.)

Columbia University is among the most diverse college campuses in the US, with a long history of civic engagement and activism. We’re also committed to removing barriers to college access with one of the most generous financial aid programs in the nation. That’s why our admissions application process is largely the same for everyone, regardless of citizenship or country of residence.

One of the highlights of our financial aid program is that we meet 100% of the demonstrated financial need of all students admitted as first-years, or transfer students pursuing their first degree, regardless of citizenship status. Undocumented students and DACA recipients are not eligible to receive federal and state financial aid, so Columbia College and Columbia Engineering meet their full need entirely from institutional resources.

Undocumented/DACA Applicants FAQs

As an undocumented student, am I eligible for financial aid?

Yes, Columbia is committed to meeting 100% of the demonstrated financial need of all students admitted as first-years or transfer students pursuing their first degree, regardless of citizenship status.

For admissions purposes, undocumented students are evaluated in a need-blind manner, which means we evaluate admissions applications without regard to financial need. Undocumented students are not eligible to receive federal and state financial aid, so we meet their need entirely from Columbia funding

Do I need to hold DACA status to apply to Columbia?

No, students do not need to hold DACA status to apply to Columbia. Columbia admits students without regard to citizenship status and meets 100% of demonstrated financial need for all first-year and transfer students pursuing their first degrees. For admissions purposes, undocumented students are evaluated in a need-blind manner, which means we evaluate admissions applications without regard to financial need.