Applying As An Undocumented Student
Tufts’ core values include a commitment to equal opportunity, inclusion, accessibility, and diversity. Therefore, Tufts welcomes all undergraduate applicants regardless of citizenship status. Undocumented students, with or without Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), who apply to Tufts are treated identically to any other U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
Tufts meets 100% of the demonstrated need of all admitted students. While procedures for financial aid vary between domestic and international applicants, undocumented students are considered for domestic, need-based financial like any other U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Please note that health insurance is required for all Tufts students and this can be provided by Tufts as part of your financial aid package.
Undocumented students should follow the same application procedure for all domestic (not international) applicants to Tufts. Because federal financial aid is not available for undocumented students, Tufts provides institutional financial aid in its place. Therefore, a FAFSA is not required to apply for aid.
Financial Aid Application Process for Undocumented Students
- Complete the CSS Profile. The submission fee for the CSS Profile is waived for students who received an SAT registration fee waiver and for students who are deemed eligible based on the financial information provided on the form.
- If you are a student with DACA status, you can submit a FAFSA to receive a Student Aid Report (SAR), if desired. However, this is not necessary for Tufts financial aid.
- If you and/or your parents file taxes, send required financial documents directly to IDOC.
- If you and/or your parents do not file or will not file taxes, fill out a Nontax Filer Statement (found on the IDOC website) and send it directly to IDOC.
- Complete your financial aid application on time. Deadlines vary for Early Decision, Regular Decision, and Transfer students. Visit our Financial Aid website for more information.
- I am an undocumented student interested in applying to Tufts as a first-year or transfer student. How does the application process work for me?
- Beyond need-based financial aid, am I eligible for scholarships?
- Do I have to have Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status in order to apply to Tufts?
- Am I eligible for financial aid at Tufts as an undocumented student?
- How does the financial aid process work for undocumented students?
- I am an undocumented student with DACA status. Can I submit a FAFSA?
- What financial information or documents do my parents have to provide?
- My parents are undocumented and I am applying for financial aid. Will my financial aid be affected by my parents’ status?
- Do I qualify for work-study as an undocumented student?
- As an undocumented student, should I apply Early Decision or Regular Decision?
I am an undocumented student interested in applying to Tufts as a first-year or transfer student. How does the application process work for me?
Tufts University accepts applications from any student regardless of citizenship status. Undocumented students (with or without DACA) can follow the same application procedures for all domestic student applicants. This process includes completing our application requirements, which can be found here.Back to top
Beyond need-based financial aid, am I eligible for scholarships?
In addition to the need-based financial aid that Tufts offers, there are several outside scholarships for undocumented students. Tufts University is a partner institution of Golden Door Scholars, a non-profit organization that helps to expand educational and career opportunities for high-achieving DACA recipients. For more information about the Golden Door Scholars program, visit https://www.goldendoorscholars.org/.
Other foundations and organizations have scholarships for undocumented students. Specific opportunities can be found at https://www.thedream.us/resources/education/ and https://immigrantsrising.org/resource/list-of-undergraduate-scholarships/.Back to top
Do I have to have Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status in order to apply to Tufts?
We accept applications from undocumented students with or without DACA status. If you are interested in applying for DACA status, there are various online resources and community organizations that provide useful information. Here are a couple of resources:
Am I eligible for financial aid at Tufts as an undocumented student?
Tufts University meets 100% of demonstrated need for all admitted students. We consider all undocumented students living in the U.S. as domestic applicants who are eligible for domestic need-based financial aid. Because undocumented students are not eligible for federal aid, Tufts provides institutional financial aid in its place.Back to top
How does the financial aid process work for undocumented students?
Because undocumented students are not eligible for federal financial aid, Tufts University offers need-based institutional financial aid. To be considered for financial aid, students must complete the College Board’s CSS Profile and submit their parents’ income tax returns, if available.
For more details on the financial aid process and deadlines, visit the Tufts Financial Aid website.Back to top
I am an undocumented student with DACA status. Can I submit a FAFSA?
The FAFSA is not required for undocumented students applying to Tufts. However, some institutions may require the FAFSA from students with DACA status in order to access a Student Aid Report (SAR). An SAR can help demonstrate financial need when a student is applying for institutional aid at particular schools or for additional scholarships from private organizations. For this reason, while DACA recipients are currently not eligible for federal financial aid or federal loans, some students may still choose to complete the FAFSA. A Social Security Number (SSN) is needed to complete the FAFSA. DACA recipients should select “No, I am not a citizen or eligible non-citizen” as a response to the “Are you a citizen?” question on the FAFSA.
The FAFSA is free to complete – be careful of any site that requires you to pay to complete this form.Back to top
What financial information or documents do my parents have to provide?
Whether or not your parents file taxes, you must provide information about your parents’ earnings, assets, and expenses on the CSS Profile. If your parents file taxes, you should submit their W-2 form(s) and tax returns via IDOC. If your parents do not file taxes, you can submit a Nontax Filer Statement.Back to top
My parents are undocumented and I am applying for financial aid. Will my financial aid be affected by my parents’ status?
No, your parents’ citizenship status will not affect your financial aid eligibility at Tufts because your aid is determined solely on your financial need. In addition to the financial information on the CSS, you will need to submit additional financial documents to Tufts. If your parents file taxes, you should submit their W-2 form(s) and tax returns via IDOC. If your parents do not file taxes, you can submit a Nontax Filer Statement.Back to top
Do I qualify for work-study as an undocumented student?
Undocumented students are eligible for non-federal work-study jobs on campus. Tufts Financial Services will work with undocumented students to find employment and internship opportunities. Undocumented students with employment authorization may be able to find on and off campus employment.Back to top
As an undocumented student, should I apply Early Decision or Regular Decision?
You can apply under any admissions round (Early Decision I or II, Regular Decision, Transfer) regardless of citizenship status. Early Decision is a binding process in which you agree to enroll if admitted. Because we offer need-based financial aid, applying Early Decision or Regular Decision will not affect the amount of financial aid you receive.Back to top